- marked by or showing deference: She was always deferent to her elders.
Origin of deferent1
- conveying away; efferent.
- of or relating to the vas deferens.
- Astronomy. (in the Ptolemaic system) the circle around the earth in which a celestial body or the center of the epicycle of its orbit was thought to move.
Origin of deferent2
Examples from the Web for deferent
The earth-centered circle in which this traveled round was called the "deferent."Astronomy
The English governor, deferent toward the creeds of his various subjects, presented them with the necessary wood.Luna Benamor
Vicente Blasco Ibez
The circle Dd, described by D, the centre of the epicycle, was called the deferent.The Life of Galileo Galilei, with Illustrations of the Advancement of Experimental Philosophy
John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune
It is good to be glad one was not knifed, and to be deferent until more suitable occasion.King--of the Khyber Rifles
Corresponding to each planet there was supposed to be a circle called a deferent, which had the earth as its centre.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
- another word for deferential
- (esp of a bodily nerve, vessel, or duct) conveying an impulse, fluid, etc, outwards, down, or away; efferent
- astronomy (in the Ptolemaic system) a circle centred on the earth around which the centre of the epicycle was thought to move
Word Origin and History for deferent
1620s, from French déférent (16c.), from Latin deferentem (nominative deferens), present participle of deferre "to carry down or away" (see defer (v.2)). Earlier in Middle English as a word in astronomy (early 15c.).
- Carrying down or away, as a duct or vessel.