Definitions of eccentric

  1. not having a common center; not concentric; " eccentric circles"
  2. Deviating or departing from the center, or from the line of a circle; as, an eccentric or elliptical orbit; pertaining to deviation from the center or from true circular motion.
  3. Pertaining to an eccentric; as, the eccentric rod in a steam engine.
  4. Not coincident as to motive or end.
  5. Deviating from stated methods, usual practice, or established forms or laws; deviating from an appointed sphere or way; departing from the usual course; irregular; anomalous; odd; as, eccentric conduct.
  6. A circle not having the same center as another contained in some measure within the first.
  7. One who, or that which, deviates from regularity; an anomalous or irregular person or thing.
  8. In the Ptolemaic system, the supposed circular orbit of a planet about the earth, but with the earth not in its center.
  9. A circle described about the center of an elliptical orbit, with half the major axis for radius.
  10. A disk or wheel so arranged upon a shaft that the center of the wheel and that of the shaft do not coincide. It is used for operating valves in steam engines, and for other purposes. The motion derived is precisely that of a crank having the same throw.
  11. Not having the same center; - said of circles, ellipses, spheres, etc., which, though coinciding, either in whole or in part, as to area or volume, have not the same center; - opposed to concentric.
  12. Not in the center; peculiar in manner or character; as, an eccentric person; erratic; irregular; not having the same center.
  13. A circle or sphere not having the same center as another circle.
  15. A circle not having the same centre as another: ( mech.) a wheel having its axis out of the centre.
  16. A whell whose axis is not in the centre; an odd person.
  17. Eccentricity.
  18. Peculiar; erratic.
  19. Not in the center; not having the same center; not circular.
  20. A disk mounted out of center on a driving shaft so as to have the effect of a crank motion.
  21. One who or that which is eccentric. eccentrical.
  22. Deviating or departing from the centre: said of circles or spheres which, though contained in some measure within each other, yet have not the same centre; not revolving round the centre; not terminating in the same point, nor directed by the same principle; deviating from established forms or rulers; odd; anomalous; whimsical. Eccentric gear, the links, connecting- rods, straps, and wheels by which an eccentric motion is carried on through the machinery.
  23. A circle not having the same centre as another; a wheel with its axis not in its centre; he who or that which is irregular or anomalous.
  24. Odd; singular; departing from the usual course; not having the same centre.

Usage examples for eccentric

  1. She had served as maid in her youth to an eccentric old lady, with whom she had lived until she was married. – The Golden House by Mrs. Woods Baker
  2. But he was eccentric? – Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  3. It was as if each country on earth had been called upon to contribute as many as it could spare of unusual and striking, even astonishing, specimens of humanity, on purpose to provide eccentric or ornamental features of this strange, world's variety show. – The Guests Of Hercules by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  4. Our little village had its share of eccentric characters, as the old man who was impelled by the edict of the Bible to cut off his right hand as it had " offended him." – Memories and Anecdotes by Kate Sanborn
  5. Simoneau said: 'I thought you might be ashamed of a rough old eccentric fellow like me. – The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson by Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez
  6. Lear's division of his kingdom among his three daughters is not so eccentric a proceeding as the critics would make out. – Shakespeare in the Theatre by William Poel
  7. " A singular and eccentric person you see he must be," said Will. – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  8. Some eccentric beauties prefer the straight line to the curve, and describe a great streak of black all across the forehead; but they are few in number. – Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century by W. H. Davenport Adams
  9. He was a somewhat eccentric man, so I did not take offence, and had almost forgotten all about it when chance led me to the Marylebone Theatre one evening. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  10. This time the Westerner, after almost bending himself double, gave his arm an eccentric movement and shot in another curve. – Frank Merriwell's Reward by Burt L. Standish
  11. " Well, Tom," began the eccentric man, " we have good weather for the start. – Tom Swift and his Undersea Search or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic by Victor Appleton
  12. Johnson was one of those rugged, eccentric, self- developed characters, so common among the English. – Brief History of English and American Literature by Henry A. Beers
  13. To Mrs. H., of a person eccentric: Why does not his guardian angel look to him? – Charles Lamb by Barry Cornwall
  14. It is not improbable that influences from outside of her had often, during the forty years through which she had experienced them, made her life eccentric, and many of her actions mysterious. – Witchcraft of New England Explained by Modern Spiritualism by Allen Putnam
  15. We can't have anything eccentric in our profession. – The Project Gutenberg Plays of John Galsworthy, Complete by John Galsworthy
  16. Eccentric Victor Trevette and his Indian wife were at the lodge, and the company were joined by the Rev. – The Log School-House on the Columbia by Hezekiah Butterworth
  17. Though his manner was eccentric, his conduct was harmless, and it is probable that his parents, who, it was afterward ascertained, were respectable members of the Society of Friends in England, encouraged his desire to travel, and furnished him the means to do so. – The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts by George W. Holley
  18. The Baronne is considered quite eccentric because she keeps hers on sometimes. – The Visits of Elizabeth by Elinor Glyn
  19. An old man, an eccentric, who talked aloud to himself. – Pan by Knut Hamsun