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deferent


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deferent  \Def"er*ent\,  a.  [L.  deferens,  p.  pr  of  deferre.  See 
  3d  {Defer}.] 
  Serving  to  carry;  bearing.  [R.]  ``Bodies  deferent.''  --Bacon. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deferent  \Def"er*ent\,  n. 
  1.  That  which  carries  or  conveys. 
 
  Though  air  be  the  most  favorable  deferent  of  sounds. 
  --Bacon. 
 
  2.  (Ptolemaic  Astron.)  An  imaginary  circle  surrounding  the 
  earth,  in  whose  periphery  either  the  heavenly  body  or  the 
  center  of  the  heavenly  body's  epicycle  was  supposed  to  be 
  carried  round. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  deferent 
  adj  :  showing  deference  [syn:  {deferential},  {regardful}] 




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