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## eccentricity |

3 definitions found From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]: Eccentricity \Ec`cen*tric"i*ty\, n.; pl {Eccentricities}. [Cf. F. excentricit['e].] 1. The state of being eccentric; deviation from the customary line of conduct; oddity. 2. (Math.) The ratio of the distance between the center and the focus of an ellipse or hyperbola to its semi-transverse axis. 3. (Astron.) 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. (Mech.) The distance of the center of figure of a body, as of an eccentric, from an axis about which it turns; the throw. From WordNet r 1.6 [wn]: eccentricity n 1: strange and unconventional behavior 2: (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: a circularity that has a different center or deviates from a circular path [ant: {concentricity}] From THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993) [devils]: ECCENTRICITY, n. A method of distinction so cheap that fools employ it to accentuate their incapacity.

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