What does Delta mean?

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ˈdɛl təDelta

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. delta(noun)

    a low triangular area of alluvial deposits where a river divides before entering a larger body of water

    "the Mississippi River delta"; "the Nile delta"

  2. delta(noun)

    an object shaped like an equilateral triangle

  3. delta(noun)

    the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet


  1. delta(Noun)

    The fourth letter of the modern Greek alphabet u0394, u03B4.

    Etymology: From its location near the delta of the

  2. delta(Noun)

    A landform at the mouth of a river where it empties into a body of water.

    Etymology: From its location near the delta of the

  3. delta(Noun)

    The letter D in the ICAO spelling alphabet, which assigns words to letters of the alphabet.

    Etymology: From its location near the delta of the

  4. delta(Noun)

    u03B4 In the IPA, the symbol that represents the voiced dental fricative, the hard th in the English word father; frequently represented by the Icelandic eth (ð).

    Etymology: From its location near the delta of the

  5. delta(Noun)

    The symbol u0394.

    Etymology: From its location near the delta of the

  6. delta(Noun)

    A small but noticeable effect, compare with epsilon.

    This will slow the main code path down, but only by delta.

    Etymology: From its location near the delta of the

  7. delta(Noun)

    The set of differences between two versions of a file.

    When you update the file, the system will only save the deltas.

    Etymology: From its location near the delta of the

  8. delta(Noun)

    The angle subtended at the center of a circular arc.

    Etymology: From its location near the delta of the

  9. Delta(ProperNoun)

    A municipality in British Columbia, Canada

    Etymology: From its location near the delta of the

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delta(noun)

    a tract of land shaped like the letter delta (/), especially when the land is alluvial and inclosed between two or more mouths of a river; as, the delta of the Ganges, of the Nile, or of the Mississippi

    Etymology: [Gr. de`lta, the name of the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet (the capital form of which is , Eng. D), from the Phnician name of the corresponding letter. The Greeks called the alluvial deposit at the mouth of the Nile, from its shape, the Delta of the Nile.]


  1. Delta

    Delta is the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet. In the system of Greek numerals it has a value of 4. It was derived from the Phoenician letter dalet . Letters that come from delta include Latin D and Cyrillic Д. A river delta is so named because its shape approximates the upper-case letter delta.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Delta

    del′ta, n. the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet, the capital form of which is Δ: a tract of land of like shape formed at the mouth of a river.—n. Deltaficā′tion, the process of forming a delta.—adj. Del′toid, of the form of the Greek Δ: triangular.—Delta metal, a hard alloy of copper, zinc, and iron—the three metals symbolised by the triangular shape; Deltoid muscle, the large triangular muscle of the shoulder. [Gr.,—Heb. daleth, a tent-door.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Delta

    the signature of D. Macbeth Moir in Blackwood's Magazine.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. delta

    1. [techspeak] A quantitative change, especially a small or incremental one (this use is general in physics and engineering). “I just doubled the speed of my program!” “What was the delta on program size?” “About 30 percent.” (He doubled the speed of his program, but increased its size by only 30 percent.) 2. [Unix] A diff, especially a diff stored under the set of version-control tools called SCCS (Source Code Control System) or RCS (Revision Control System). 3. n. A small quantity, but not as small as epsilon. The jargon usage of delta and epsilon stems from the traditional use of these letters in mathematics for very small numerical quantities, particularly in ‘epsilon-delta’ proofs in limit theory (as in the differential calculus). The term delta is often used, once epsilon has been mentioned, to mean a quantity that is slightly bigger than epsilon but still very small. “The cost isn't epsilon, but it's delta” means that the cost isn't totally negligible, but it is nevertheless very small. Common constructions include within delta of —, within epsilon of —: that is, ‘close to’ and ‘even closer to’.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. DELTA

    This condition applies in the immediate area where a terrorist attack has occurred or when intelligence has been received that terrorist action against a specific location or person is imminent. Normally, this FPCON is declared as a localized condition. FPCON DELTA measures are not intended to be sustained for substantial periods. See also antiterrorism; force protection.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. delta

    A name given by the Greeks to the alluvial tract inclosed between the bifurcating branches of the Nile and the sea-line. It is well known that rivers which deposit great quantities of matter, do also very often separate into two or more branches, previous to their discharge into the sea; thus forming triangular spaces, aptly called deltas from their resemblance to the Greek letter Δ. All deltas appear by their section to be formed of matter totally different from that of the adjacent country. They are the creation of the rivers themselves, which, having brought down with their floods vast quantities of mud and sand from the upper lands, deposit them in the lowest place, the sea; at whose margin, the current which has hitherto impelled them ceasing, they are deposited by the mere action of gravity. This is particularly illustrated on the western coast of Africa by the shoals off the Rio Grande, Rio Nunez, and others. The coast, as well as the embouchures of the rivers, exhibit a deposit of deep mud, and yet far at sea banks of clean siliceous sand arise.

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Anagrams for Delta »

  1. dealt

  2. atled

  3. dalet

How to pronounce Delta?

  1. Alex
    US English

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Delta in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Delta in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Delta in a Sentence

  1. British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond:

    Buhari has got to show as a president from the north that he is not ignoring the Delta, that he is engaging with the challenges in the Delta.

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    The American people have had enough. They are sick and tired of profitable corporations like Amazon, General Motors, Eli Lilly, Chevron, Halliburton, Netflix and Delta making billions in profits, but paying nothing in federal income taxes.

  3. Rick Jones:

    We're not going to back down, we're not going to close the restaurant if we can keep from it. We're not going to move from Delta, we're not going to be afraid. ... i've lived here my whole live with my family.

  4. Tarek El Molla:

    Keeping production at the level it is now is in itself a success because you are netting off the natural decline in the reservoirs by adding new production of oil, (Increased production) might be in the year 2017, 2018 when gas comes from Zohr and from the West Nile Delta (fields), condensate will come, so by that time, it (oil output) may be something more.

  5. Michael Dellegrazie:

    He was brought to the curb area where we were given a carrier, a Delta carrier, and some garbage bags and in one of the garbage bags was Alejandro, i was very careful that the handoff was done cleanly, so I opened the first garbage bag and in that I discovered something that shocked me. ... It was a blanket that was full of blood.

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