marked by or showing deference: She was always deferent to her elders.
Other definitions for deferent (2 of 2)
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.
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How to use deferent in a sentence
The eighth sphere had neither deferent nor epicycle but to it were attached the fixed stars.Astronomical Lore in Chaucer | Florence M. Grimm
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 | Various
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
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.Fantmas | Pierre Souvestre
Mealy Benoît had paid his score already, and Hogshead Geoffroy's deferent escort of friends was getting restless.Fantmas | Pierre Souvestre
British Dictionary definitions for deferent (1 of 2)
another word for deferential
British Dictionary definitions for deferent (2 of 2)
(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
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