Usage examples for deviate

  1. But when Bach began to melodise harmony so that his middle parts not merely filled in but had a tune of their own, when, too, he began to deviate from the Church modes then in general vogue in secular music, using the diatonic and chromatic scales indifferently, and tuning the Clavier in all the twenty- four keys, he found himself compelled to introduce a system of fingering better adapted to his innovations than that in use, and in particular, to challenge the convention which condemned the thumb to inactivity. – Johann Sebastian Bach by Johann Nikolaus Forkel and Charles Sanford Terry
  2. Whenever it began to deviate from the straight rolling necessary to keep it on the center of the skids, one of the workers thrust the shoe of his cant- hook under one end of the log. – The Blazed Trail by Stewart Edward White
  3. On the other hand, his power of describing or inventing scenes, real or fictitious, was of high artistic merit, so that he appears occasionally either to deviate into truth, or to have been a realistic novelist born centuries too early. – James VI and the Gowrie Mystery by Andrew Lang
  4. Harness is harness, and a light yoke- fellow can make a proud career deviate. – The Tragic Comedians, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  5. And I did not know that only those who are hovering between life and death can deviate from the normal process of time! – The Day Time Stopped Moving by Bradner Buckner
  6. He settled his hat firmly on his head, and opening the door, he added: Good- by, my dear madame, I will soon see you again, and in the meantime don't deviate in the least from your usual habits. – Baron Trigault's Vengeance Volume 2 (of 2) by Emile Gaboriau
  7. Hordes of these savages were in alliance with the Turks against Hungary, and it was not unusual for them to deviate from their route, fall into the plains of Wallachia, and renew the scenes of rapine and outrage which had characterised the passage of the Eastern barbarians. – Roumania Past and Present by James Samuelson
  8. Very true; but they did not intend to deviate from the facts- they did not know better. – The Moral Instruction of Children by Felix Adler
  9. No time is this to deviate from our course, We must rush on; our armies plainly show Their love for Irij, and if we should fail To root up from its place this flourishing tree, Our cause is lost for ever. – Persian Literature, Volume 1,Comprising The Shah Nameh, The Rubaiyat, The Divan, and The Gulistan by Anonymous
  10. The pictures upon the walls, so far as I could remember their themes, did not deviate in any particular of detail or arrangement. – 54-40 or Fight by Emerson Hough
  11. Ptolemy's and Pliny's versions, Diamouna and Jomanes, do not deviate much from the original. – The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir by Sir James McCrone Douie
  12. The dhow would have had to deviate slightly from her course to run down the canoe; as it was, she passed scarcely twenty fathoms off, her dark- skinned crew casting savage looks at the Englishmen. – The Three Commanders by W.H.G. Kingston
  13. But as the events of Mr. Park's life, with the exception of those contained in the works just alluded to, are few and unimportant, the editor has been induced, in the course of this undertaking, to deviate occasionally into other topics, more or less connected with the principal subject; in the discussion of which he has inadvertently exceeded the limits which he had originally assigned to himself. – The Journal Of A Mission To The Interior Of Africa, In The Year 1805 by Mungo Park
  14. Another fault in composition is that which occurs in the speeches of Hierocles and Menecles, two brothers, who may be considered as the princes of Asiatic Eloquence, and, in my opinion, are by no means contemptible: for though they deviate from the style of nature, and the strict laws of Atticism, yet they abundantly compensate the defect by the richness and fertility of their language. – Cicero's Brutus or History of Famous Orators; also His Orator, or Accomplished Speaker. by Cicero
  15. To facilitate the march of the 20th Division, General von Woyna had been instructed to deviate from his direct road and attack the enemy's left. – The Franco-German War of 1870-71 by Count Helmuth, von Moltke
  16. The first thing to be done, however, was to get a definite idea of whereabouts they were; it was obviously useless to continue plodding on, they knew not whither; besides, it was frightfully fatiguing and painful work, this marching through the forest, and George felt that it would be a positive advantage even to deviate somewhat from their direct course, if by so doing they could earlier gain the open ground once more. – The Voyage of the Aurora by Harry Collingwood
  17. In the one case we receive instructions from which we are forbidden to deviate; in the other we act as judges, with a power to pronounce decisions. – The Ethnology of the British Islands by Robert Gordon Latham
  18. Know then, unworthy of the esteem I have bestowed on you, that neither to save mean or great, would I deviate from the strict line of truth. – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  19. Who that considers the infinite number of phrases which words in their various combinations may form, and the utter impossibility that they should ever be recognized individually for the purposes of instruction and criticism, but must see the absolute necessity of dividing words into classes, and of showing, by general rules of formation and construction, the laws to which custom commonly subjects them, or from which she allows them in particular instances to deviate? – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown