American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Showing deference; deferential.
- adj. Anatomy Carrying down or away. Used of a duct or vessel.
- adj. Serving or adapted to carry or transport.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Bearing off or away; carrying off; conveying away; specifically, in anatomy and physiology, efferent: opposed to afferent: as, the deferent duct of the testes.
- n. That which carries or conveys; a conductor.
- n. Specifically A vessel or duct in the human body for the conveyance of fluids.
- n. (also called the orbit), in the Ptolemaic system of astronomy, a circle upon the circumference of which another circle was supposed to move, this second circle being called the epicycle, and carrying the body of the planet.
- n. In mathematics, the locus of the centers of circles of which a bicircular quartic is drawn as the envelop.
- adj. Showing deference.
- n. obsolete That which carries or conveys.
- n. obsolete An imaginary circle surrounding the Earth, in whose periphery either the heavenly body or the centre of the heavenly body's epicycle was supposed to be carried round.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. rare Serving to carry; bearing.
- n. That which carries or conveys.
- n. (Ptolemaic Astron.) An imaginary circle surrounding the earth, in whose periphery either the heavenly body or the center of the heavenly body's epicycle was supposed to be carried round.
- adj. showing deference
- Latin dēferēns, dēferentis. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English defferent, from Latin dēferēns, dēferent-, present participle of dēferre, to carry away; see defer2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Whatever it is, it’s recognizable by many in deferent ways that keeps them coming.”
“It must be remembered that the apparent planetary motions are epicyclical, each planet revolving in its own orbit, the epicycle, around the sun, and with the sun, as centre of the epicycle, apparently around the earth in a common orbit, which is called the deferent orbit.”
“Meanwhile, Francine, the family's long-serving and eager-to-leave maid, finds her polite and deferent veneer punctured at the end of a lengthy and explosive conflict in which her husband Albert tries to intervene physically.”
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“The deferent Japanese waiters stay back in the shadows; this is our ritual, after all.”
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“Obviously you and I are using deferent definitions of common sense.”
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