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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 ?
The gray-headed old eccentrics parted, and Herr Heartless walked off to his own castle.
It was gravely said by some of the prelates in the Council of Trent, where the doctrine of the Schoolmen bare great sway, that the Schoolmen were like astronomers, which did feign eccentrics and epicycles, and such engines of orbs, to save the phenomena; though they knew there were no such things; and in like manner, that the Schoolmen had framed a number of subtle and intricate axioms, and theorems, to save the practice of the church.
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.
Rochester is an amateur of the decided and eccentric: Grace is eccentric at least.
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.
If to live in this style is to be eccentric, it must be confessed that there is something good in eccentricity.
I do not think I have ever heard quite so much vile language come in a continuous stream from any man's lips before, though I have frequented eccentric company enough.
The luxurious siesta was hardly ever omitted, except by old Marheyo, who was so eccentric a character, that he seemed to be governed by no fixed principles whatever; but acting just according to the humour of the moment, slept, eat, or tinkered away at his little hut, without regard to the proprieties of time or place.
Her retinue, her reserved compartment in the train, her pile of unnecessary trunks, portmanteaux, and strong-boxes, all helped to increase her prestige; while her wheeled chair, her sharp tone and voice, her eccentric questions (put with an air of the most overbearing and unbridled imperiousness), her whole figure--upright, rugged, and commanding as it was--completed the general awe in which she was held.
What Mills had learned represented him as a young gentleman who had arrived furnished with proper credentials and who apparently was doing his best to waste his life in an eccentric fashion, with a bohemian set(one poet, at least, emerged out of it later) on one side, and on the other making friends with the people of the Old Town, pilots, coasters, sailors, workers of all sorts.
But there are no people I more heartily despise than your eccentric fools who prate about method without understanding it; attending strictly to its letter, and violating its spirit.