[ UK /dˌiːvɪˈe‍ɪʃən/ ]
[ US /ˌdiviˈeɪʃən/ ]
NOUN
  1. a variation that deviates from the standard or norm
    the deviation from the mean
  2. the error of a compass due to local magnetic disturbances
  3. the difference between an observed value and the expected value of a variable or function
  4. deviate behavior
  5. a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
    a digression into irrelevant details
    a diversion from the main highway
    a deflection from his goal
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How To Use deviation In A Sentence

  • That notion identifies heritability with the regression of the offspring phenotype on the parental (or biparental mean in the case of sexual reproduction), where both phenotypes are presented as z-scores (i.e., set to mean = 0 and standard deviation = 1). Miss Winter Solstice
  • Experiments show that the results of correlation method agree with thosewith a deviation of 1.5 %.
  • The adult ovary may present marked deviations from its typical form, sometimes being unusually long, spheroidal, flattened, triangular, crescentric, or otherwise irregular.
  • But archæological research having established the fact that phallicism has, at one time or another, been common to nearly all races, it seems probable that the Arunta tribe represents a deviation from the normal line of mental evolution. Bygone Beliefs
  • the deviation from the mean
  • Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, Norfolk, &c., shows remarkable deviations in local organization and justice (lagmen, sokes), and great peculiarities as to status (socmen, freemen), while from laws and Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1
  • The thickness of the liquid crystal and the arrangement of liquid crystal molecule are flexible, there are no deviation in the outgoing beams.
  • The top selling non-fiction book Blink is coining mucho bling for Malcolm Gladwell, yet in 1997 Gladwell wrote a New Yorker article called "The Sports Taboo: Why blacks are like boys and whites are like girls," which made exactly the same argument as Larry Summers made about what is innately different in the capabilities of males and females -- that men have a larger standard deviation on many traits, so there are more men at the top and bottom of the bell curves. Archive 2005-02-27
  • The areas of troilism and coprophilia are covered in some detail to establish to what degree they belong to the deviation of voyeurism.
  • To discipline him, rumours by highly placed security sources began circulating to the effect that certain members of his cabinet connected with the "deviationist tendency" would shortly be arrested. Ali Rahnema: Ayatollah Khamenei at Unprecedented Religio-Political Summits: The Hidden Imam's Infallible Representative
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