Definitions of aberration

  1. a state or condition markedly different from the norm
  2. an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image
  3. a disorder in one's mental state
  4. The act of wandering; deviation, especially from truth or moral rectitude, from the natural state, or from a type.
  5. A partial alienation of reason.
  6. A small periodical change of position in the stars and other heavenly bodies, due to the combined effect of the motion of light and the motion of the observer; called annual aberration, when the observer's motion is that of the earth in its orbit, and daily or diurnal aberration, when of the earth on its axis; amounting when greatest, in the former case, to 20. 4'', and in the latter, to 0. 3''. Planetary aberration is that due to the motion of light and the motion of the planet relative to the earth.
  7. The passage of blood or other fluid into parts not appropriate for it.
  8. The producing of an unintended effect by the glancing of an instrument, as when a shot intended for A glances and strikes B.
  9. 1. Wandering away from the normal situation. 2. Atypical development or growth. 3. Slight mental derangement. 4. Unequal deviation of the rays of light in passing through a lens, so that the image is blurred ( spherical a.) or colored ( chromatic a.), owing to a breaking up of the rays of white light.
  10. Abnormal deviation of action.
  11. A wandering from the right path: deviation from truth or rectitude.
  12. A wandering; deviation from.
  13. Deviation from a natural course or condition; wandering; insanity.
  14. The act of deviating from the right or normal straight line or course; alienation or estrangement of the mind. A small apparent motion of the fixed stars, occasioned by the progressive motion of light and the earth's diurnal or annual motion in its orbit. A deviation of the rays of light when refracted by a lens or reflected by a speculum, by which they are prevented from uniting in one point. Crown of Aberration, a luminous circle surrounding the disk of the sun, depending on the aberration of its rays, by which it appears enlarged.

Usage examples for aberration

  1. There is, of course, no question here about the genuineness of his lying as a symptom of mental aberration i. – Studies in Forensic Psychiatry by Bernard Glueck
  2. She laughed and made the serving- girl the illustrant of this aberration of the soldier. – The Way of the Gods by John Luther Long
  3. About ten years ago he began to show signs of mental aberration which we were inclined to put down to overwork and the effects of a sunstroke. – Danger! and Other Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
  4. There an oasis of ease and generosity is an aberration – NATURAE by Dom
  5. He does not attempt to dispute the mere fact of Falder having altered the check; and though he pleads temporary aberration in defense of his client, that plea is based upon a social consciousness as deep and all- embracing as the roots of our social ills-" the background of life, that palpitating life which always lies behind the commission of a crime." – Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman
  6. She realized that, yet was unable to understand how it could be possible, unless shock or death or mental aberration ended the fight. – The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey
  7. The names of its officers, as reported in its journal, were curiosities to the student of human aberration – Salvation Syrup; Or, Light On Darkest England by G. W. Foote
  8. And they made it, like all other souls, liable to aberration both for better and worse. – Luck or Cunning? by Samuel Butler
  9. The principal and most characteristic aberration of speculative minds as such, consists precisely in the deficiency of this lively perception and ever- present sense of objective fact. – The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill
  10. Vice is that aberration of mind and character that sacrifices happiness to pleasures without duration or full of dangers. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
  11. " There is an aberration of intellect, and a want of self- possession here that alarms me. – The Attache or, Sam Slick in England, Complete by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  12. Inspector Weymouth, who had concluded, I think, that the mysterious telephone call was due to mental aberration on the part of Norris West, was gnawing at his mustache impatiently when his assistant returned. – The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer
  13. This aberration continued so long, and accompanied with such interruptions of the breathing, that both Holdfast and Ransome despaired of ever hearing another rational word from the man's lips. – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  14. Concentrating our attention solely on the phenomena of aberration we shall describe its particular effect upon stars in different regions of the sky, and thus ascertain the laws according to which the effects of aberration are exhibited. – The Story of the Heavens by Robert Stawell Ball
  15. For this reason, there are no such perfect pieces of realism as the plays of Ibsen, which have all or each a thesis, but do not hold themselves bound to prove it, or even fully to state it; after these, for reality, come the novels of Tolstoy, which are of a direction so profound because so patient of aberration and exception. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  16. It was but a momentary aberration and is recorded only to show that, however remorseful he felt afterwards, there was life in our Tommy still. – Tommy and Grizel by J.M. Barrie
  17. She won't, in a moment of mental aberration praise dark- eyed children to Zerlina, whose children have blue eyes. – The Professional Aunt by Mary C.E. Wemyss
  18. Her employer cast about for a conceivable reason for the aberration – Home Fires in France by Dorothy Canfield
  19. But for the most part it is a monster as to our conception, it is an aberration from our rule, it is either mutilated and defective of what we desire, or superfluous or deformed, which turns our expectation into vexation, and our boasting into lamentation. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  20. Herr Sesemann looked very narrowly at the lady opposite to assure himself that the mental aberration was not on her side. – Heidi by Johanna Spyri