Eccentricity is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of eccentricity, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - (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
EXAMPLES - Eccentricity in a Sentence
- 'eccentricity': a greater-than-normal reliance on stereopsis. (source)
- She was occasionally suspected of that "eccentricity" which, in (source)
- Paddy, could you provide some instance of Burrage's "eccentricity"? (source)
- I agree, an odd little effort but had a kind of eccentricity that endeared. (source)
- (Independent) recalls the eccentricity of The Cars and the immediacy of Big Star. (source)
- They will allow for *one* "eccentricity" - queer, female, not white - but not more. (source)
- His eccentricity is kind of admirable but I'd much rather listen to Daniel Johnston. (source)
- The ellipse can have any eccentricity, that is any measure of deviation from a circle. (source)
- "In America they put people in jail for that kind of eccentricity!" exclaimed Florence. (source)
- Enveloped in legend, the reputation of the newcomer for "eccentricity" had preceded her. (source)
- 'eccentricity', even my 'Asperger's syndrome', can, he thinks, be put down to lifelong face blindness. (source)
- I loved to fall into the common rut, and had a whole-hearted terror of any kind of eccentricity in myself. (source)
- I think underneath all the so-called eccentricity, which I think is just a mask, there's a very true person. (source)
- MattZ: to each their own. but in my opinion, not drinking alcohol is neither small nor pointless of an eccentricity. (source)
- As Jeff said above, the aura of intelligence is a major factor, but there's a kind of eccentricity there that's very appealing. (source)
- What would have been deemed unpardonable rudeness in anyone else was dubbed eccentricity in the daughter of a duke and wife of a marquess. (source)
- Robinson must have gained a deal of strength for his own bridge building between Bastien Le Page and the Monet "eccentricity," so to call it. (source)
- Hispanic eccentricity is peninsular and consists of the coexistence of different civilizations and different pasts: an inclusive eccentricity. (source)
- In this case, their eccentricity is demonstrated by the fact that they genuinely could not care less about the reaction of the Chinese government. (source)
- Hispanic eccentricity is reproduced and multiplied in America, especially in those countries such as Mexico and Peru, where ancient and splendid civilizations had existed. (source)
- This I take to be one of the main advantages of Gothic architecture; it is a most catholic and tolerant system, and any kind of eccentricity may find refuge beneath its mantle. (source)
- These are determined by how elongated Saturn's orbit around the sun is - a measure called eccentricity - and the direction of its tilt as it orbits - a measure called precession. (source)
- I suppose the band's English eccentricity is rather studied - the bass player is called The House of Lords "because he's big and all all important decisions have to go through him". (source)
- The word eccentricity was not interpreted by the cadet, of course, as the Sep meant it should be, but in the sense we use it when we speak of the eccentricity of an orbit for instance. (source)
- Mr. Swigg's coarse red face was attributed to his fine health, his rudeness of manner was called eccentricity, and his frequent breaches of etiquette were passed over in polite silence. (source)
- This change in the size of the orbit of a satellite or planet is known as the eccentricity of the orbit, which eccentricity is constantly changing, being sometimes greater and sometimes less. (source)
- But in spite of Landor's "eccentricity," the word Emerson uses as a polite euphemism for Landor's licentious images, Emerson still praises him as a "faithful scholar" and a "friend and consoler of mankind." (source)
- This remark, and another which he made to a friend, that his position in society made the killing of an obscure citizen simply an "eccentricity" instead of a crime, were shown to be evidences of insanity, and so Hackett escaped punishment. (source)
- She was occasionally suspected of that "eccentricity" which, in a woman of five-and-twenty, is looked upon as the first symptom of a tendency to old-maidenhood, but which is really the sign of an earnest heart struggling with the questions of life. (source)
- Civilisation isn't just Michelangelo and Machiavelli, its Wallace and his efforts to get to the moon, its loving Wensleydale and its a dog knitting in a chair and rats with shades over their eyes, its merry eccentricity which is a value all to itself. (source)
- Rarities in her home include a Union Jack embroidered with flowers and butterflies (handmade by Lucinda Chambers, fashion director of Vogue), an 80's Memphis dining table and a Fornasetti desk. Guinness 'eccentricity' permeates every corner of her life. (source)
- He has a hundred ideas and impulses where the "safe and steady-going" business man has one -- and as the safe and steady-going State-Streeter doesn't understand the ninety-nine Lawson ideas and impulses which do not come to him, he charges them up to "eccentricity" and (source)
- While the Tories scrap around for evidence of Lib Dem "eccentricity" and Labour tries to persuade the electorate that a third way is really just a first one, spare a thought for the hundreds of alternatives pursuing their genuine commitment to British political peculiarity. (source)
- These works belong to the Crawshays, a family distinguished by a strange kind of eccentricity, but also by genius and enterprising spirit, and by such a strict feeling of honour that it is a common saying that the word of any one of them is as good as the bond of other people. (source)
- For him, in fact, I would say it required "eccentricity" and a bit of "buffooning polarity" to pull off such grand feats of large scale cognition ignition, moving even scoffingly disclaiming "opponents" (those come just to bear witness, of course ....) into recognition, in spite of themselves. (source)
- The cause of these periodic climatic shifts is still being studied and debated, but many scientists believe they are influenced by small changes in the Earth's orbit around the Sun (including its "eccentricity," or the extent to which it deviates from a perfect circle) and the tilt of its rotation. (source)
- A wayward being from my infancy, not the least mark of my eccentricity is the peculiar humour in which I find myself when I have sacrificed too freely to the jolly god: unlike the major part of mankind, my temperament, instead of being invigorated and enlivened by the sparkling juice of the grape, loses its wonted nerve and elasticity; a sombre gloominess pervades the system, the pulse becomes nervous and languid, the spirits flagging and depressed, and the mind full of chimerical apprehensions and _ennui_. (source)
- The auctioneer adjusted himself to circumstances by using his walking-stick as a hammer, and knocked down the lot on any convenient object that took his fancy, such as the crown of a little boy's head, or the shoulders of a by-stander who had no business there except to taste the brew; a proceeding which would have been deemed humorous but for the air of stern rigidity which that auctioneer's face preserved, tending to show that the eccentricity was a result of that absence of mind which is engendered by the press of affairs, and no freak of fancy at all. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 37.0, which suggests that "eccentricity" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 27 synonyms for eccentricity.
aberration, abnormality, anomaly, caprice, capriciousness, foible, freakishness, hereticism, idiocrasy, idiosyncrasy, irregularity, kink, nonconformity, oddity, oddness, outlandishness, peculiarity, queerness, quirk, singularity, strangeness, unconventionality, unorthodoxness, waywardness, weirdness, whimsicality, whimsicalness
We have 12 antonyms for eccentricity.
commonality, conformity, dullness, normalcy, normality, regularity, regularness, sameness, standard, uniformity, usual, usualness
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of eccentricity from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) The quality of being eccentric.
- (noun) Deviation from the normal, expected, or established.
- (noun) An example or instance of eccentric behavior.
- (noun) Physics The distance between the center of an eccentric and its axis.
- (noun) Mathematics The ratio of the distance of any point on a conic section from a focus to its distance from the corresponding directrix. This ratio is constant for any particular conic section.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) The quality of being eccentric; any eccentric behaviour.
- (noun) The ratio, constant for any particular conic section, of the distance of a point from the focus to its distance from the directrix
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) The state of being eccentric; deviation from the customary line of conduct; oddity.
- (noun) The ratio of the distance between the center and the focus of an ellipse or hyperbola to its semi-transverse axis.
- (noun) 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.
- (noun) The distance of the center of figure of a body, as of an eccentric, from an axis about which it turns; the throw.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) Deviation from a center; the state of a circle with reference to its center not coinciding with that of another circle.
- (noun) In geometry and astronomy, the distance between the foci of a conic divided by the transverse diameter. The eccentricity of the earth's orbit is .01677, or about .
- (noun) In ancient astronomy, the distance of the center of the equant from the earth.
- (noun) Departure or deviation from that which is stated, regular, or usual; oddity; whimsicalness: as, the eccentricity of a man's genius or conduct.
- (noun) An eccentric action or characteristic; a striking peculiarity of character or conduct.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) (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
- (noun) a circularity that has a different center or deviates from a circular path
- (noun) strange and unconventional behavior