deferent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French déférent, from Latin dēferēns, dēferentis.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

deferent (comparative more deferent, superlative most deferent)

  1. Showing deference.
  2. (obsolete) Serving to carry; bearing.
    • Francis Bacon
      Bodies deferent.

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Noun[edit]

deferent (plural deferents)

  1. (obsolete) That which carries or conveys.
    • Francis Bacon
      Though air be the most favorable deferent of sounds.
  2. (obsolete, Ptolemaic astronomy) An imaginary circle surrounding the Earth, in whose periphery either the heavenly body or the centre of the heavenly body's epicycle was supposed to be carried round.

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

dēferent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of dēferō