- the act of deviating.
- departure from a standard or norm.
- Statistics. the difference between one of a set of values and some fixed value, usually the mean of the set.
- Navigation. the error of a magnetic compass, as that of a ship, on a given heading as a result of local magnetism.Compare variation(def 8).
- departure or divergence from an established dogma or ideology, especially a Communist one.
Origin of deviation
Examples from the Web for deviation
And if you feel that way then you will look at every deviation as betrayal of fate, calling, etc.Sunday Q&A: Josef Joffe on the Myth of American Decline
November 17, 2013
“The people of Egypt are against this deviation being carried out by the leaders of the army,” he added.In Deeply Polarized Egypt, Revolution's Social Justice Slogans are Seldom Heard
October 10, 2013
Palestinian Muslims, for their part, are extremely wary of any deviation from the status quo.Why Jews Should Be Allowed to Pray On the Temple Mount
June 25, 2013
Any deviation from the status quo risks shifting the spotlight onto the moderator, notes Louden.Teenage Girls on Quest for Woman Moderator of Presidential Debates
August 2, 2012
The deviation is that DiMaggio was the one who did it when he did it.Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks: The Science Behind Winning
February 18, 2012
The view from the summit, made up for the deviation from my route.
We cannot help remarking the danger of the least deviation from the path of rectitude.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
In all your dealings with her, can you tax yourself with no deviation from wisdom?Is He Popenjoy?
Confound it, I can make allowance, sir, if you'll tell me your deviation!Blow The Man Down
The compass corrected for Variation and Deviation will show your course.Lectures in Navigation
Ernest Gallaudet Draper
- an act or result of deviating
- statistics the difference between an observed value in a series of such values and their arithmetic mean
- the error of a compass due to local magnetic disturbances
Word Origin and History for deviation
1640s, noun of action from deviate (v.). Statistical sense is from 1858. Related: Deviational.
- A turning away or aside from a normal course.
- An abnormality.
- Deviant behavior or attitudes.
- The difference, especially the absolute difference, between one number in a set and the mean of the set.
- The difference between one number in a set and the mean of the set.