Definition of 'eccentric'


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1. slang A kook.

2. A disk or wheel with its axis off centre, giving a reciprocating motion.

3. One who does not behave like others.

4. One that deviates markedly from an established norm, especially a person of odd or unconventional behavior.

5. Physics A disk or wheel having its axis of revolution displaced from its center so that it is capable of imparting reciprocating motion.

6. the eccentric that reverses or backs the valve gear and the engine.

7. In the Ptolemaic system, the supposed circular orbit of a planet about the earth, but with the earth not in its center.

8. A circle not having the same center as another contained in some measure within the first.

9. (Mach.) A disk or wheel so arranged upon a shaft that the center of the wheel and that of the shaft do not coincide. It is used for operating valves in steam engines, and for other purposes. The motion derived is precisely that of a crank having the same throw.

10. One who, or that which, deviates from regularity; an anomalous or irregular person or thing.

11. A circle described about the center of an elliptical orbit, with half the major axis for radius.

12. the eccentric that imparts a forward motion to the valve gear and the engine.

13. a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)

14. In mod. astron., a circle described about the center of an elliptical orbit, with half the major axis for radius.

15. In mech., a device for converting a regular circular motion into an irregular reciprocating rectilinear motion.

16. In ancient astronomy, a circle having its center remote from the earth and carrying an epicycle which in its turn was supposed to carry a planet.

17. One who or that which is irregular or anomalous in action; a person of eccentric habits.

18. not perfectly circular.

19. not at or in the centre.

20. of a person deviating from the norm; behaving unexpectedly or differently.

21. physiology (of a motion) against or in the opposite direction of contraction of a muscle. (E.g. flexion of the lower arm (bending of the elbow joint) by an external force while contracting the triceps and other elbow extensor muscles to control that movement; opening of the jaw while flexing the masseter).

22. having a different center.

23. Departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern. synonym: strange.

24. Not having the same center.

25. Having the axis located elsewhere than at the geometric center.

26. Deviating from a circular form or path, as in an elliptical orbit.

27. Deviating or departing from the center, or from the line of a circle; ; pertaining to deviation from the center or from true circular motion.

28. (Mach.) A cogwheel set to turn about an eccentric axis used to give variable rotation.

29. a hook-shaped journal box on the end of an eccentric rod, opposite the strap.

30. (Astron.) See Anomaly.

31. Not having the same center; -- said of circles, ellipses, spheres, etc., which, though coinciding, either in whole or in part, as to area or volume, have not the same center; -- opposed to concentric.

32. Not coincident as to motive or end.

33. the rod that connects an eccentric strap with any part to be acted upon by the eccentric.

34. Deviating from stated methods, usual practice, or established forms or laws; deviating from an appointed sphere or way; departing from the usual course; irregular; anomalous; odd.

35. an eccentric.

36. the ring, operating as a journal box, that encircles and receives motion from an eccentric; -- called also eccentric hoop.

37. (Mach.) Pertaining to an eccentric.

38. (Mach.) a lathe chuck so constructed that the work held by it may be altered as to its center of motion, so as to produce combinations of eccentric combinations of eccentric circles.

39. In senses 3 and 6 sometimes written excentric.

40. In astronomy, noting orbital motion which is not in a circle around the center of attraction; as applied to curves generally, deviating from circularity, as the ellipse and hyperbola.

41. Not located or situated in the center; away from the center or axis: as, in botany, lateral embryos and the stipes of some hymenomycetous fungi are said to be eccentric.

42. Deviating, or characterized by deviation, from recognized, stated, or usual methods or practice, or from established forms, laws, etc.; irregular; erratic; odd: as, eccentric conduct; an eccentric person.

43. Not coincident as regards course or aim; tending to a different end or result; devious.

44. In medicine, not originating or existing in the center or central parts; due to peripheral causes: as, eccentric irritation; eccentric convulsions (that is, convulsions due to peripheral irritation).

45. Not coincident as regards center; specifically, in geometry, not having the same center: applied to circles and spheres which have not the same center, and consequently are not parallel: opposed to concentric, having a common center.

46. Of or pertaining to an eccentric: as, the eccentric anomaly of a planet; the eccentric rod of a steam-engine.


1. The only solution would be to counterbalance this negativity in my own eccentric little way.

2. It was ingenious and might have seemed eccentric, but it was magical.

3. They are not great eccentrics, and do not see themselves engaged in any great struggle against other universities.

4. We need to shrug off this image that inventing is about eccentric people locked away in sheds.

5. It is the marvellously eccentric characters who stand out.

6. Yesterday friends of the mum spoke out about her eccentric behaviour.

7. With that kind of cash it could be very easy to become a crazy eccentric.

8. My own brand little of eccentric pop.

9. His eccentric character and honesty appeals to many.

10. Some of his behaviour would seem eccentric in normal circumstances.

11. These beautiful and sometimes eccentric people need understanding from a society that sadly sees difference as a reason to bully.

12. He was also a great eccentric.

13. He was quite an eccentric character.

14. The newsletter's attacks on individuals seem an eccentric way of wooing voters.

15. Its eccentric English owner had just died and the cello was for sale.

16. The jumper's sports gene seems somewhat eccentric.

17. All slightly eccentric, but great fun.

18. We can become eccentric and nobody minds, which is a great freedom.

19. In those days they could seem eccentric, too.

20. The insides are modish to a fault, but not eccentric in the way the exterior will be.

21. A doctor duly stood up, to find himself directly addressed by the great eccentric.

22. Sometimes I play up being odd and eccentric, just to put distance between me and other people.

23. ‘I've always meant to return there again, as I remember it being beautiful, serene and calming - that is, until the day my friend's slightly eccentric grandfather joined us.’

24. ‘The artist was drawn to Ludwig's life after seeing a biography on the eccentric king's behaviour.’

25. ‘Did I mention that my uncle is slightly eccentric?’

26. ‘Jane found the twenty-one-year-old Cambridge postgraduate a fascinating and slightly eccentric character and was immediately attracted to him.’

27. ‘Born into a bookish, slightly eccentric family, she grew up in the shadow of her mother's nervous temperament and the role of caretaker she assumed as a result.’

28. ‘I work with a bunch of peculiar, eccentric guys who have a lot of really strange ideas.’

29. ‘Brando was also known for his eccentric behaviour and sometimes outlandish salary demands.’

30. ‘In life he was regarded as an awkward customer, a cranky, eccentric figure with a talent for rubbing people up the wrong way.’

31. ‘He became a recluse, and his rare film appearances were overshadowed by tales of his eccentric behaviour on set.’

32. ‘His gregarious and eccentric personality is the perfect mix for a good television programme.’

33. ‘You see, Reynolds the first was somewhat eccentric.’

34. ‘The strength of characters was very important - all were slightly eccentric.’

35. ‘He may be somewhat eccentric, but he wants to win.’

36. ‘I am originally from Canada, where this attitude was considered rather eccentric, to say the least.’

37. ‘I think I'm regarded as harmless and mildly eccentric; I'm happy with both qualities.’

38. ‘The place is certainly atmospheric, the owner charmingly eccentric.’

39. ‘There is a very unique contest being backed by an anonymous group of eccentric billionaires.’

40. ‘Ultimately, this is just one of the pitfalls of working with eccentric artistic geniuses.’

41. ‘Her eccentric characters are imbued with humanity, and the ending is stunning.’

42. ‘He gives a smile as he recalls that others have called him eccentric.’

43. ‘The foam cells were oval to polygonal with a moderate amount of cytoplasm and central to eccentric small nuclei.’

44. ‘The less mature neurons had abundant pink cytoplasm with central to slightly eccentric nuclei and conspicuous nucleoli.’

45. ‘Subsequently, the muscle is also more vulnerable to rupture during an eccentric contraction.’

46. ‘eccentric contractions generally develop greater muscle tension than both isometric and concentric contractions.’

47. ‘Concentric contractions require the greatest energy expenditure, followed by isometric and eccentric contractions.’

48. ‘From 1979 until 1999 Pluto was not the outermost planet, its eccentric orbit making Neptune the furthest from the Sun.’

49. ‘During the encounter, one is thrown into the eccentric orbit and remains in the Solar System while the other is ejected into interstellar space where it wanders forever.’

50. ‘Some orbits are so eccentric that they never loop back around again.’

51. ‘Past discoveries of planets in other solar systems had wildly eccentric orbits or orbited very close to the star.’

52. ‘Together, the two extremes define the boundaries of a highly eccentric orbit.’

53. ‘This creates a bond between the two of them, both of whom are viewed as eccentrics by the community.’

54. ‘The story goes that a local eccentric who built a huge house on the shore complete with caves, underground passages and exotic animals in the grounds, sailed one across the lake during a storm.’

55. ‘Which got me thinking about local characters and eccentrics - like the gentleman who could be seen for years until the mid-1980s walking around Greenwich immaculately turned out, with his Siamese cat on a lead.’

56. ‘This is a man who clearly knows how to enjoy life and who, with the appearance of a snorkel in his bathroom, has now become known as such a delightful eccentric in his local community that everyone sees him in an adorable new light.’

57. ‘The Fool can also represent a person in a reading, if so be prepared to meet a real maverick, an eccentric with lust for life.’

58. ‘God forbid the eccentrics should start eating the mushrooms because then the strangeness really gets out of hand.’

59. ‘This is the Cornwall of myth, a clichéd caricature version of the county complete with exaggerated eccentrics, loony local lore and mystical happenings.’

60. ‘In interviews, he comes across as an engaging, amiable eccentric.’

61. ‘Mother desperately wanted me to associate with the popular girls - who wouldn't have given me the time of day except in Mother's presence - but tolerated my little motley assortment of eccentrics and outcasts.’

62. ‘The boarders, however, are much more than eccentrics or oddballs.’

63. ‘Hall is fascinated with the ordinary person's philosophy of life and society, and his songs display sympathy for eccentrics and non-conformists.’

64. ‘So I knew his name there and I knew him as a recluse, something to do with Vegas and ultimately an eccentric of some sort with strange stories coming out of many different places.’

65. ‘This isn't surprising when even the groups he does encounter, such as the peace activists, also seem to see themselves as dabblers and eccentrics rather than as committed individuals.’

66. ‘Those who treat animals in the same way they treat their friends or family are generally seen as eccentrics, or even social misfits.’

67. ‘The movie would rather be a quirky pseudo-comedy, in which a stranger appears in a small town packed solid with eccentrics and changes their lives forever.’

68. ‘The other parties certainly sheltered a fair crop of eccentrics - this is the Ivy League, after all - but it was very rare to find someone as intense, and as intensely different, as your average member of my own society.’

69. ‘Social life, as usual with Dickens, is just a bewildering assortment of eccentrics, grotesques, amiable idiots and moral monstrosities.’

70. ‘She could have been a true British eccentric, although I seem to recall her having a foreign accent.’

71. ‘Several spoke of him as a harmless and even lovable eccentric.’

72. ‘The shelf life of a true eccentric is not very long in Hollywood.’

73. a friendly eccentric

Other users have misspelling eccentric as:

1. ecocentric 18.85%

2. excentric 14.75%

3. acentric 12.3%

4. excentrisk 1.64%

5. Other 52.46%

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