Definitions for eccentricɪkˈsɛn trɪk, ɛk-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ec•cen•tricɪkˈsɛn trɪk, ɛk-(adj.)
deviating from the accepted or customary character, practice, etc.; unconventional; peculiar; odd.
not having the same center; not concentric: used esp. of two circles or spheres at least one of which contains the centers of both.
(of an axis, axle, etc.) not situated in the center.
having the axis or support away from the center:
an eccentric wheel.
Astron. deviating from a circular form, as an elliptic orbit.
(n.)an eccentric person.
something that is unusual, peculiar, or odd.
a device for converting rotary motion to reciprocating motion, consisting of a disk with an off-center axis of revolution.
Origin of eccentric:
1350–1400; < ML eccentricus < Gk ékkentr(os) having an eccentric orbit
eccentric, eccentric person, flake, oddball, geek(noun)
a person with an unusual or odd personality
character, eccentric, type, case(adj)
a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)
"a real character"; "a strange character"; "a friendly eccentric"; "the capable type"; "a mental case"
bizarre, eccentric, freakish, freaky, flaky, flakey, gonzo, off-the-wall, outlandish, outre(adj)
conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
"restaurants of bizarre design--one like a hat, another like a rabbit"; "famed for his eccentric spelling"; "a freakish combination of styles"; "his off-the-wall antics"; "the outlandish clothes of teenagers"; "outre and affected stage antics"
not having a common center; not concentric
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
eccentric(adjective)ɪkˈsɛn trɪk, ɛk-
strange or unusual; = unconventional
an eccentric old man; eccentric ideas
One who does not behave like others.
A disk or wheel with its axis off centre, giving a reciprocating motion.
not at or in the centre.
not perfectly circular.
an eccentric or elliptical orbit
having a different center.
deviating from the norm; behaving unexpectedly or differently.
"The recluse has become really eccentric over the years."
against or in the opposite direction of contraction of a muscle. (E.g. flexion of the lower arm (bending of the elbow joint) by an external force while contracting the triceps and other elbow extensor muscles to control that movement; opening of the jaw while flexing the masseter).
Antonym: concentric. Both concentric and eccentric are collectively referred to as isotonic, the antonym of which is isometric.
Origin: From eccentricus, from ἔκκεντρος, from ἐκ + κέντρον
deviating or departing from the center, or from the line of a circle; as, an eccentric or elliptical orbit; pertaining to deviation from the center or from true circular motion
not having the same center; -- said of circles, ellipses, spheres, etc., which, though coinciding, either in whole or in part, as to area or volume, have not the same center; -- opposed to concentric
pertaining to an eccentric; as, the eccentric rod in a steam engine
not coincident as to motive or end
deviating from stated methods, usual practice, or established forms or laws; deviating from an appointed sphere or way; departing from the usual course; irregular; anomalous; odd; as, eccentric conduct
a circle not having the same center as another contained in some measure within the first
one who, or that which, deviates from regularity; an anomalous or irregular person or thing
in the Ptolemaic system, the supposed circular orbit of a planet about the earth, but with the earth not in its center
a circle described about the center of an elliptical orbit, with half the major axis for radius
a disk or wheel so arranged upon a shaft that the center of the wheel and that of the shaft do not coincide. It is used for operating valves in steam engines, and for other purposes. The motion derived is precisely that of a crank having the same throw
Translations for eccentric
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(of a person, his behaviour etc) odd; unusual
He is growing more eccentric every day; He had an eccentric habit of collecting stray cats.
- غَريبُ الأطْوارArabic
- excêntricoPortuguese (BR)
- wunderlich, exzentrischGerman
- excentrisk; underligDanish
- نامتعارف؛ گستاخانهFarsi
- उत्केन्द्रीय, अनियमित, सनकीHindi
- ekscentrisks; dīvainsLatvian
- aneh lakuMalay
- eksentrisk, særNorwegian
- ekscentryczny, przesadnyPolish
- نامتعارف؛ گستاخانهPersian
- څنډې ته كېدونكى، له مر كزه لرې كېدونكى، ګوښه ګير، عجيب، ځانته، بې شانه: غير عادىPashto
- excentrisk, originellSwedish
- ผิดปกติ; ประหลาด; เบี้ยว; พิกล; วิตถารThai
- tuhaf, eksantrikTurkish
- 古怪的Chinese (Trad.)
- чудернацький, дивацькийUkrainian
- انوکھا ، سنکیUrdu
- lập dịVietnamese
- 古怪的Chinese (Simp.)
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