Definitions for eccentricityˌɛk sənˈtrɪs ɪ ti, ˌɛk sɛn-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eccentricity(noun)

    strange and unconventional behavior

  2. eccentricity(noun)

    (geometry) a ratio describing the shape of a conic section; the ratio of the distance between the foci to the length of the major axis

    "a circle is an ellipse with zero eccentricity"

  3. eccentricity(noun)

    a circularity that has a different center or deviates from a circular path

Wiktionary

  1. eccentricity(Noun)

    The quality of being eccentric; any eccentric behaviour.

  2. eccentricity(Noun)

    The ratio, constant for any particular conic section, of the distance of a point from the focus to its distance from the directrix

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eccentricity(noun)

    the state of being eccentric; deviation from the customary line of conduct; oddity

  2. Eccentricity(noun)

    the ratio of the distance between the center and the focus of an ellipse or hyperbola to its semi-transverse axis

  3. Eccentricity(noun)

    the ratio of the distance of the center of the orbit of a heavenly body from the center of the body round which it revolves to the semi-transverse axis of the orbit

  4. Eccentricity(noun)

    the distance of the center of figure of a body, as of an eccentric, from an axis about which it turns; the throw

  5. Origin: [Cf. F. excentricit.]

Freebase

  1. Eccentricity

    In popular usage, eccentricity refers to unusual or odd behavior on the part of an individual. This behavior would typically be perceived as unusual or unnecessary, without being demonstrably maladaptive. Eccentricity is contrasted with "normal" behavior, the nearly universal means by which individuals in society solve given problems and pursue certain priorities in everyday life. People who consistently display benignly eccentric behavior are labeled as "eccentrics".


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