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See also: déviation
- The act of deviating; wandering off the correct or true path or road.
- A departure from the correct way of acting.
- The state or result of having deviated; a transgression; an act of sin; an error; an offense.
- mankind’s deviation from divine will
- A detour in a road or railway.
- 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, page 21:
- "A rough place, my last district; sixty navvies on the Springbank deviation works, let alone eighty of these dole bugs to attend to."
- (aviation) A detour to one side of the originally-planned flightpath (for instance, to avoid weather); the act of making such a detour.
- 1992 March 18, National Transportation Safety Board, “1.1 History of the Flight”, in Aircraft Accident Report: Explosive Decompression - Loss of Cargo Door in Flight, United Airlines Flight 811, Boeing 747-122, N4713U, Honolulu, Hawaii, February 24, 1989, page 2:
- The flightcrew observed en route thunderstorms both visually and on the airplane's weather radar, so they requested and received clearance for a deviation to the left of course from the HNL Combined Center Radar Approach Control (CERAP).
- (contract law) The voluntary and unnecessary departure of a ship from, or delay in, the regular and usual course of the specific voyage insured, thus releasing the underwriters from their responsibility.
- (Absolute Deviation) The shortest distance between the center of the target and the point where a projectile hits or bursts.
- (statistics) For interval variables and ratio variables, a measure of difference between the observed value and the mean.
- (metrology) The signed difference between a value and its reference value.
Most of the detour-related senses of deviation carry an implication of error or wrongdoing; however, the aviation sense does not.
act of deviating
state or result of having deviated
A detour in a road or other route
voluntary and unnecessary departure of a ship from, or delay in, the regular and usual course of the specific voyage insured
shortest distance between the center of the target and the point where a projectile hits or bursts
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Declension of deviation