- defensive driving,
- defensive medicine,
- deferent duct,
Origin of deferent1
Origin of deferent2
Examples from the Web for deferent
The moon moves on an epicycle centred on a second epicycle, itself centred on a deferent, excentric to the earth.History of Astronomy|George Forbes
Mealy Benoît had paid his score already, and Hogshead Geoffroy's deferent escort of friends was getting restless.
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
The man's tone was so earnest, and there was so deferent a look in his eyes, that the Princess recovered some of her courage.
The earth-centered circle in which this traveled round was called the "deferent."Astronomy|David Todd
Word Origin 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.).