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eccentric
eccentric circles with the center of each circle marked

ec·cen·tric

 (ĭk-sĕn′trĭk, ĕk-)
adj.
1. Departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern. See Synonyms at strange.
2. Deviating from a circular form or path, as in an elliptical orbit.
3.
a. Not having the same center: eccentric circles.
b. Having the axis located elsewhere than at the geometric center.
n.
1. One that deviates markedly from an established norm, especially a person of odd or unconventional behavior.
2. Physics A disk or wheel having its axis of revolution displaced from its center so that it is capable of imparting reciprocating motion.

[Middle English eccentrik, planetary orbit of which the earth is not at the center, from Medieval Latin eccentricus, not having the same center, from Greek ekkentros : ek-, out of; see ecto- + kentron, center (from kentein, to prick; see kent- in Indo-European roots).]

ec·cen′tri·cal·ly adv.

eccentric

(ɪkˈsɛntrɪk)
adj
1. deviating or departing from convention, esp in a bizarre manner; irregular or odd
2. (Mathematics) situated away from the centre or the axis
3. (Mathematics) not having a common centre: eccentric circles. Compare concentric
4. not precisely circular. Also: eccentrical
n
5. a person who deviates from normal forms of behaviour, esp in a bizarre manner
6. (Mechanical Engineering) a device for converting rotary motion to reciprocating motion
[C16: from Medieval Latin eccentricus, from Greek ekkentros out of centre, from ek- ex-1 + kentron centre]
ecˈcentrically adv

ec•cen•tric

(ɪkˈsɛn trɪk, ɛk-)

adj.
1. deviating from the accepted or customary character, practice, etc.; unconventional; peculiar; odd.
2. not having the same center; not concentric: used esp. of two circles or spheres at least one of which contains the centers of both.
3. (of an axis, axle, etc.) not situated in the center.
4. having the axis or support away from the center: an eccentric wheel.
5. Astron. deviating from a circular form, as an elliptic orbit.
n.
6. an eccentric person.
7. something that is unusual, peculiar, or odd.
8. a device for converting rotary motion to reciprocating motion, consisting of a disk with an off-center axis of revolution.
[1350–1400; < Medieval Latin eccentricus < Greek ékkentr(os) having an eccentric orbit]
ec•cen′tri•cal•ly, adv.

eccentric

- First meant "not concentric" as it referred to an orbit in which the Earth was not precisely in the center or straying from a circular path; the area where two circles overlap is the eccentric.
See also related terms for orbit.

eccentric

Describes an orbit that deviates from a circular path, such as an elliptical orbit.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eccentric - a person with an unusual or odd personalityeccentric - a person with an unusual or odd personality
unusual person, anomaly - a person who is unusual
crackpot, fruitcake, nut case, screwball, crank, nut - a whimsically eccentric person
nutter, wacko, whacko - a person who is regarded as eccentric or mad
2.eccentric - a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)eccentric - a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities); "a real character"; "a strange character"; "a friendly eccentric"; "the capable type"; "a mental case"
adult, grownup - a fully developed person from maturity onward
Adj.1.eccentric - conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusualeccentric - conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual; "restaurants of bizarre design--one like a hat, another like a rabbit"; "famed for his eccentric spelling"; "a freakish combination of styles"; "his off-the-wall antics"; "the outlandish clothes of teenagers"; "outre and affected stage antics"
unconventional - not conventional or conformist; "unconventional life styles"
2.eccentric - not having a common center; not concentric; "eccentric circles"
concentric, concentrical, homocentric - having a common center; "concentric rings"

eccentric

adjective
noun
1. crank (informal), character (informal), nut (slang), freak (informal), flake (slang, chiefly U.S.), oddity, oddball (informal), loose cannon, nonconformist, wacko (slang), case (informal), screwball (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), card (informal), odd fish (informal), kook (U.S. & Canad. informal), queer fish (Brit. informal), rum customer (Brit. slang), weirdo or weirdie (informal) My other friend was a real English eccentric.

eccentric

adjectivenoun
A person regarded as strange, eccentric, or crazy:
Informal: crank, loon, loony.
Translations
شاذّشَخْصٌ شاذ، غَريب الأطْوارغَريبُ الأطْوار
výstřední
excentriskoriginalunderligexcentriker
eksentrinenepäkeskoepätavallinenomalaatuinen
ekscentričanekscentrikneuravnoteženčudak
különcködõ
sérvitringursérvitur
風変わりな
별난
ekscentriškai
dīvainisdīvainsekscentriķisekscentrisks
excentrik
excentrisk
แปลก
eksantrikeksantrik birituhaftuhaf kişi
kỳ dị

eccentric

[ɪkˈsentrɪk]
A. ADJexcéntrico
B. Nexcéntrico/a m/f
she was a bit of an eccentricera un poco excéntrica

eccentric

[ɪkˈsɛntrɪk]
adj [person] → excentrique; [ideas] → excentrique
nexcentrique mf, original(e) m/f

eccentric

adj (also Tech) → exzentrisch; tasteausgefallen
n
(= oddball)Exzentriker(in) m(f)
(Tech) → Exzenter m

eccentric

[ɪkˈsɛntrɪk] adj & neccentrico/a

eccentric

(ikˈsentrik) adjective
(of a person, his behaviour etc) odd; unusual. He is growing more eccentric every day; He had an eccentric habit of collecting stray cats.
noun
an eccentric person.
ecˈcentrically adverb
eccentricity (eksenˈtrisəti) noun
oddness of behaviour or an example of this.

eccentric

شاذّ výstřední excentrisk exzentrisch εκκεντρικός excéntrico epätavallinen excentrique ekscentričan eccentrico 風変わりな 별난 zonderling eksentrisk ekscentryczny excêntrico эксцентричный excentrisk แปลก eksantrik kỳ dị 古怪的

ec·cen·tric

a. excéntrico-a; extravagante.
References in classic literature ?
Being of an eccentric and melancholy turn of mind, and greatly given to rummaging old records and hearkening to old traditions, he had brought himself, it is averred, to the conclusion that Matthew Maule, the wizard, had been foully wronged out of his homestead, if not out of his life.
They had a delightful endless appetite for passages in my own history, to which I had again and again treated them; they were in possession of everything that had ever happened to me, had had, with every circumstance the story of my smallest adventures and of those of my brothers and sisters and of the cat and the dog at home, as well as many particulars of the eccentric nature of my father, of the furniture and arrangement of our house, and of the conversation of the old women of our village.
In outer aspect, Pip and Dough-Boy made a match, like a black pony and a white one, of equal developments, though of dissimilar color, driven in one eccentric span.
which, when first heard, had thrilled me: I heard, too, her eccentric murmurs; stranger than her laugh.
Catherine frowned, and retreated to the window-seat chewing her lip, and endeavouring, by humming an eccentric tune, to conceal a growing tendency to sob.
His father's eccentric conduct had made the lad the object of their compassion and their care from his earliest years.
The kennel, to make amends, ran down the middle of the street--when it ran at all: which was only after heavy rains, and then it ran, by many eccentric fits, into the houses.
These offerings of affection were of a most various and eccentric description.
Put the case that at the same time he held a trust to find a child for an eccentric rich lady to adopt and bring up.
In this way it came to pass that those scattered linen-weavers--emigrants from the town into the country--were to the last regarded as aliens by their rustic neighbours, and usually contracted the eccentric habits which belong to a state of loneliness.
Indeed, I recognised it as being of a Parisian design as yet little known in England; while on the tops of the stockings I laughingly suspected a border designed by a certain eccentric artist, who devotes his strange gifts to decorating with fascinating miniatures the under-world of woman.
Still, she thought, there was no reason why an eccentric workman, insufferably talkative, and capable of an allusion to the pen of the poet, should not indulge himself with cheap gloves.