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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Erratic  \Er*rat"ic\,  n. 
  1.  One  who  deviates  from  common  and  accepted  opinions;  one 
  who  is  eccentric  or  preserve  in  his  intellectual 
  character. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Erratic  \Er*rat"ic\,  a.  [L.  erraticus  fr  errare  to  wander:  cf 
  F.  erratique  See  {Err}.] 
  1.  Having  no  certain  course;  roving  about  without  a  fixed 
  destination;  wandering;  moving  --  hence  applied  to  the 
  planets  as  distinguished  from  the  fixed  stars. 
 
  The  earth  and  each  erratic  world.  --Blackmore. 
 
  2.  Deviating  from  a  wise  of  the  common  course  in  opinion  or 
  conduct;  eccentric;  strange;  queer;  as  erratic  conduct. 
 
  3.  Irregular;  changeable.  ``Erratic  fever.''  --Harvey. 
 
  {Erratic  blocks},  {gravel,  etc.}  (Geol.),  masses  of  stone 
  which  have  been  transported  from  their  original  resting 
  places  by  the  agency  of  water,  ice,  or  other  causes. 
 
  {Erratic  phenomena},  the  phenomena  which  relate  to 
  transported  materials  on  the  earth's  surface. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  erratic 
  adj  1:  liable  to  sudden  unpredictable  change;  "erratic  behavior"; 
  "fickle  weather";  "mercurial  twists  of  temperament"; 
  "a  quicksilver  character,  cool  and  willful  at  one 
  moment,  utterly  fragile  the  next"  [syn:  {fickle},  {mercurial}, 
  {quicksilver(a)}] 
  2:  having  no  fixed  course;  "an  erratic  comet";  "his  life 
  followed  a  wandering  course";  "a  planetary  vagabond"  [syn: 
  {planetary},  {wandering}] 
  3:  likely  to  perform  unpredictably;  "erratic  winds  are  the  bane 
  of  a  sailor";  "a  temperamental  motor;  sometimes  it  would 
  start  and  sometimes  it  wouldn't";  "that  beautiful  but 
  temperamental  instrument  the  flute"-  Osbert  Lancaster 
  [syn:  {temperamental}] 




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