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[ pruh-jek-shuhn ]


  1. a projecting or protruding part.

    Synonyms: jut, protrusion, overhang

  2. the state or fact of jutting out or protruding.
  3. a causing to jut or protrude.
  4. the act, process, or result of projecting.
  5. Also called map projection. Cartography. a systematic construction of lines drawn on a plane surface representative of and corresponding to the meridians and parallels of the curved surface of the earth or celestial sphere.
  6. Photography.
    1. the act of reproducing on a surface, by optical means, a remote image on a film, slide, etc.
    2. an image so reproduced.
  7. the act of visualizing and regarding an idea or the like as an objective reality.
  8. something that is so visualized and regarded.
  9. calculation of some future thing:

    They fell short of their projection for the rate of growth.

    Synonyms: extrapolation, forecast, prediction

  10. the act of communicating distinctly and forcefully to an audience.
  11. Psychology.
    1. the tendency to ascribe to another person feelings, thoughts, or attitudes present in oneself, or to regard external reality as embodying such feelings, thoughts, etc., in some way.
    2. Psychoanalysis. such an ascription relieving the ego of a sense of guilt or other intolerable feeling.
  12. the act of planning or scheming.
  13. Alchemy. the casting of the powder of philosophers' stone upon metal in fusion, to transmute it into gold or silver.


/ prəˈdʒɛkʃən /


  1. the act of projecting or the state of being projected
  2. an object or part that juts out
  3. the representation of a line, figure, or solid on a given plane as it would be seen from a particular direction or in accordance with an accepted set of rules
  4. a scheme or plan
  5. a prediction based on known evidence and observations
    1. the process of showing film on a screen
    2. the image or images shown
  6. psychol
    1. the belief, esp in children, that others share one's subjective mental life
    2. the process of projecting one's own hidden desires and impulses See also defence mechanism
  7. the mixing by alchemists of powdered philosopher's stone with molten base metals in order to transmute them into gold


/ prə-jĕkshən /

  1. The image of a geometric figure reproduced on a line, plane, or surface.
  2. A system of intersecting lines, such as the grid of a map, on which part or all of the globe or another spherical surface is represented as a plane surface.

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Derived Forms

  • proˈjectional, adjective

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Other Words From

  • pro·jec·tion·al [pr, uh, -, jek, -sh, uh, -nl], adjective
  • nonpro·jection noun
  • self-pro·jection noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of projection1

First recorded in 1470–80; from Latin prōjectiōn- (stem of prōjectiō ) “a throwing forward”; project, -ion

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Example Sentences

Most of the scenarios we offered surrounding the November election didn’t cause them to budge substantially from their existing projections.

But, because of the uncertainty involved in basing projections on historical trends, we constructed additional scenarios with slower or faster growth of education and family planning access.

Being able to account for the lag between when a user clicks on an ad and when they perform a conversion action can help advertisers get more accurate campaign projections.

A twelve-month forecast allows customers to be able to take their sales projections and fit them on top of the SEO opportunity.

The shift is expected to put women in charge of about $30 trillion of assets by 2030, roughly a $20 trillion increase from 2016, according to projections from McKinsey, the consulting firm.

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Oftentimes public fear like this can be a self-indulgent kind of collective astral projection.

Most gun nuts have them less for self-protection than self-projection.

I sat there in the projection booth and thought, “Oh my god, you could tell a story this way?”

The walking-and-talking projection is estimated to have cost about $400,000 and took four months to complete.

Although it is being called a hologram, it was actually a 2-D projection.

It was round, with a small, rectangular projection for the operator's controls and calculator.

In a moment her mind lost its tensity of projection and she was almost flying down her own long stair.

They are brown, ovoid in shape, about 50 long, and have a button-like projection at each end (Fig. 101).

At one o'clock we were near a low sandy projection round which the coast extends to the East-North-East and forms a shallow bay.

The projection of land fixed upon for the site of a town, was named after the commandant (Captain Barlow).


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