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- First attested in 1594.
- From Latin aberrātiō (“relief, diversion”) , from aberrō (“wander away, go astray”), from ab (“away”) + errō (“wander”).
- Compare French aberration.
- See aberrate.
aberration (plural aberrations)
- The act of wandering; deviation from truth, moral rectitude; abnormal; divergence from the straight, correct, proper, normal, or from the natural state. [Late 16th century.]
- The aberration of youth
- Aberrations from theory
- (optics) The convergence to different foci, by a lens or mirror, of rays of light emanating from one and the same point, or the deviation of such rays from a single focus; a defect in a focusing mechanism that prevents the intended focal point. [Mid 18th century.]
- (astronomy) A small periodical change of position in the stars and other heavenly bodies, due to the combined effect of the motion of light and the motion of the observer. [Mid 18th century.]
- A partial alienation of reason. [Early 19th century.]
- Occasional aberrations of intellect - Lingard
- Whims, which at first are the aberrations of a single brain, pass with heat into epidemic form - I. Taylor
- A mental disorder, especially one of a minor or temporary character. [Early 19th century.]
- (zoology, botany) Atypical development or structure; deviation from the normal type; an aberrant organ. [Mid 19th century.]
partial alienation of reason
minor or temporary mental disorder
astronomy: small periodical change of position of heavenly bodies
optics: convergence to different foci
optics: producing of an unintended effect by the glancing
physiology: deviation from the normal state
zoology, botany: atypical development or structure
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- ^ Aberration at Dictionary.com
- ^ 2004 , Elliott K. Dobbie; Dunmore, C. William, et al., Barnhart, Robert K. editor, Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, Edinburgh, Scotland: Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, ISBN 0550142304, page 2:
- 2003 , Brown, Lesley editor, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, edition 5th, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7, page 4:
aberration f (plural aberrations)
- Something, such as an idea or fact, that is aberrant; an aberration.
- The state of being aberrant.
- (astronomy) An aberration.
- (optics) An aberration.
- (physiology) An aberration or mutation.