Definitions of aberration

  1. an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image
  2. The act of wandering; deviation, especially from truth or moral rectitude, from the natural state, or from a type.
  3. A partial alienation of reason.
  4. 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.
  5. The producing of an unintended effect by the glancing of an instrument, as when a shot intended for A glances and strikes B.
  6. A wandering from the right path: deviation from truth or rectitude.
  7. A wandering; deviation from.
  8. Deviation from a natural course or condition; wandering; insanity.
  9. 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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. There an oasis of ease and generosity is an aberration . – NATURAE by Dom
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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