deviation deviation  /ˌdi vi ˈeɪ ʃən/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a variation that deviates from the standard or norm
  2. (n) the difference between an observed value and the expected value of a variable or function
  3. (n) the error of a compass due to local magnetic disturbances
  4. (n) deviate behavior
  5. (n) a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)

Usage(s):

  1. There is a domain in which we can measure the unknown, provided the large deviation doesn't play a big role.
  2. Country is a universe in which even the tiniest deviation from tradition is chewed over obsessively and often spit out.
  3. Yet we still see little deviation from the trend.

News

  1. Supermoon Coming June 24th

    John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online The Moon appears to be in a nearly circular orbit around the Earth. But that word "nearly" means that there are slight variations in its motion across the heavens. As it turns out, the distance from the Earth to the Moon varies by about 30,000 miles. This sounds like a lot, but it only represents about a 6-7 percent deviation from the ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: redOrbit

  2. EUR/USD- Trading the U. of Michigan Confidence Survey

    Despite expectations of seeing the U. of Michigan Confidence survey holding steady in May, a deviation from market expectations could spark a marked reaction in
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Daily FX

  3. Moderate Iranian cleric Rafsanjani warns against "extremists"

    "Unfortunately, mismanagement in recent years and deviation from the path of the Revolution has paved the way for the intensification of pressure by the country's enemies," Hashemi Rafsanjani added, "and now we see the most severe sanctions and threats imposed on Iran."
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Payvand Iran News

Quotes

  1. "This was an unacceptable mistake and a clear deviation from our exacting standards," Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne said at a Pentagon press conference with Newton. "We hold ourselves accountable to the American people and want to...
    on Oct 19, 2007 By: Michael W Wynne Source: Forbes

  2. "Cricket is a non-contact sport and any deviation from that fact is completely unacceptable, a point I made to Sreesanth in handing down my verdict," said ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle.
    on Jul 31, 2007 By: Ranjan Madugalle Source: Times Online

  3. Speaking to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Webb added: "I could see the Manchester United player touch the ball and saw him get clattered by the goalkeeper but didn't see the extra deviation from the goalkeeper's fingers touching the ball. I'm...
    on Apr 29, 2009 By: Howard Webb Source: Reuters

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