Complete Definition of "eccentric"

was wotd|2006|July|8
English

Etymology
From Latin eccentricus, literally out of centre, from Greek: ekkentros, not having the same centre.

Pronunciation
IPA|/ɪkˈsɛntrɪk/ (RP)
IPA|/ɛkˈsɛntrɪk/ (US)
audio|en-us-eccentric.ogg|Audio (US)

Adjective
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  1. Not at or in the centre.
  2. Not perfectly circular

#: an eccentric or elliptical orbit

  1. Having a different center.
  2. Deviating from the norm; behaving unexpectedly or differently.

#: "He has become really eccentric over the years."

  1. physiology (of a motion) against or in the opposite direction of contraction of a muscle. (E.g. flexion of the lower arm while flexing the tricep; opening of the jaw while flexing the masseter). (Antonym: Concentric)

Synonyms
eccentrical, excentric, excentrical.

Quotations
1956 — w:Arthur C. Clarke|Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, p 40
:Khedron was the only other person in the city who could be called eccentric.

Translations
trans-top|Not at or in the centre
German: exzentrisch
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trans-top|Not perfectly circular
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trans-top|Having a different center
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trans-top|Deviating from the norm
Czech: výstřední m
Finnish: eksentrinen, omalaatuinen
German: excentrique
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German: exzentrisch
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trans-top|(physiology) (of a motion) against or in the opposite direction of contraction of a muscle
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ttbc|Spanish: excéntrico m, excéntrica f
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Noun
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  1. A disk or wheel with its axis off centre, giving a reciprocating motion.
  2. One who does not behave like others.
  3. slang a kook

Translations
trans-top|off-centre wheel
Finnish: epäkesko
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trans-top|person who does not behave like others
Finnish: eksentrikko
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German: Exzentriker m, Exzentrikerin f
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Related terms
centre
central
eccentricity

Category:Greek derivations

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