Definitions of deviation

  1. a turning aside ( of your course or attention or concern); " a diversion from the main highway"; " a digression into irrelevant details"; " a deflection from his goal"
  2. a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; " the deviation from the mean"
  3. deviate behavior
  4. the error of a compass due to local magnetic disturbances
  5. the difference between an observed value and the expected value of a variable or function
  6. The act of deviating; a wandering from the way; variation from the common way, from an established rule, etc.; departure, as from the right course or the path of duty.
  7. The state or result of having deviated; a transgression; an act of sin; an error; an offense.
  8. The voluntary and unnecessary departure of a ship from, or delay in, the regular and usual course of the specific voyage insured, thus releasing the underwriters from their responsibility.
  9. The act of turning aside; digression; error.
  10. 1. Deflection, a turning away or aside from the normal point or course. 2. A form of degeneracy in which, combined with mental and physical soundness, there is an almost indefinable departure in some direction from the normal average of the mental processes.
  11. Progressing in an abnormal direction.
  12. A going out of the way: a turning aside: error.
  13. Departure from a course; a turning aside.
  14. The act of deviating, or its result; variation; error.
  15. A turning aside from the way, or direction, or the path of duty; error; the voluntary departure of a ship without necessity from the regular and usual course of the specific voyage insured.
  16. A turning aside; a departure, as from a right course way or line: a wandering, as from the path of duty; sin; error.

Usage examples for deviation

  1. Every physical defect in a man, any deviation from the type, a woman may, with regard to the child, eradicate if she is faultless in these parts herself or excels in a contrary direction. – Essays of Schopenhauer by Arthur Schopenhauer
  2. Here too she had left the door open; but presently even this slight departure from her daily usage seemed a deviation from the passive attitude she had adopted, and she rose and shut the door. – Sanctuary by Edith Wharton
  3. Dr. Rose says: " The living Greek of to- day shows much less deviation from the Greek of two thousand and more years ago than any other European language shows in the course of centuries." – Napoleon's Campaign in Russia Anno 1812 by Achilles Rose
  4. In time, Murray ceased to give him any particular attention, except to note the regularity with which he turned in applications for small policies, and there probably would have been no deviation from the customary routine had it not been for an unexpected and apparently trivial incident. – The Best Policy by Elliott Flower
  5. They were considered essential in order to assure that ideological beliefs were constant and were adhered to without deviation. – Area Handbook for Albania by Eugene K. Keefe Sarah Jane Elpern William Giloane James M. Moore, Jr. Stephen Peters Eston T. White
  6. This way, which seemed as straight as the right way, and in entering on which there was no stile to be passed, must denote some very plausible and gradual deviation from the simplicity of the Gospel, in doctrine or practice. – The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3 by John Bunyan
  7. Yet with no deviation whatever the stream has cut through the very centre of the peak! – Through the Grand Canyon from Wyoming to Mexico by E. L. Kolb
  8. The inhabitants of Sky, and of the other Islands, which I have seen, are commonly of the middle stature, with fewer among them very tall or very short, than are seen in England, or perhaps, as their numbers are small, the chances of any deviation from the common measure are necessarily few. – A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson
  9. That is, if any individual of a given species of plant or animal happens to have a slight deviation from the normal type, favorable to its success in the struggle for life, it will survive. – What is Darwinism? by Charles Hodge
  10. If a man believes that human nature in an unrestrained course, is good, and self- governing, and that when it is not so, there is a temporary and local cause to be assigned for the deviation; if he believes that men, at least in civilized society, are independent beings, by right entitled to, and by nature capable of, the exercise of popular self- government, and that if they have not this power in exercise, it is because they have been deprived of it by somebody's fraud or violence, which ought to be detected and remedied, as we abate a public nuisance in the highway; if a man thinks that overturning a throne and erecting a constitution will answer the purpose;- if these are his opinions as to men and society, his plan for Cuba, and for every other part of the world, may be simple. – To Cuba and Back by Richard Henry Dana
  11. Thus the pendulum appeared to change its direction, and its deviation was shown on a graduated arc, or by the marks it left in a little heap of sand which it touched as it swung. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  12. The deviation to the left in front of the body only called out the right hand to greater exertion, while the left hand fell into still greater disuse. – The Story of the Mind by James Mark Baldwin
  13. During the forenoon something was seen ahead like the tide race over a rocky ledge- it was another ice fall stretching from East to West, and it had to be crossed, there could be no more deviation, for since Atkinson's party turned we had been five points West of our course at times. – South with Scott by Edward R. G. R. Evans
  14. Now," he resumed severely, " any deviation from the truth, and the whole truth, will be perjury, which, you know, is a State- prison offence. – Without a Home by E. P. Roe
  15. You, and any of your superiors who can be proven to have had knowledge of such deviation. – Frigid Fracas by Dallas McCord Reynolds