eccentric

[ ik-sen-trik, ek- ]
/ ɪkˈsɛn trɪk, ɛk- /

adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. ecb,
  2. ecbatana,
  3. ecbolic,
  4. ecce homo,
  5. ecce signum,
  6. eccentric hypertrophy,
  7. eccentric occlusion,
  8. eccentricity,
  9. eccentrochondroplasia,
  10. ecchi

Also especially British, ex·cen·tric.

Origin of eccentric

1350–1400; < Medieval Latin eccentricus < Greek ékkentr(os) out of center (see ec-, center) + Latin -icus -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for eccentric

eccentric

/ (ɪkˈsɛntrɪk) /

adjective

deviating or departing from convention, esp in a bizarre manner; irregular or odd
situated away from the centre or the axis
not having a common centreeccentric circles Compare concentric
not precisely circular

noun

a person who deviates from normal forms of behaviour, esp in a bizarre manner
a device for converting rotary motion to reciprocating motion
Derived Formseccentrically, adverb

Word Origin for eccentric

C16: from Medieval Latin eccentricus, from Greek ekkentros out of centre, from ek- ex- 1 + kentron centre

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Word Origin and History for eccentric
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Medicine definitions for eccentric

eccentric

[ ĭk-sĕntrĭk, ĕk- ]

adj.

Departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern.
Situated or proceeding away from the center.

n.

A person of odd or unconventional behavior.
Related formsec′cen•trici•ty (ĕk′sĕn-trĭsĭ-tē) n.


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