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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Showing deference.
  • n. That which carries or conveys.
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving to carry; bearing.
  • n. That which carries or conveys.
  • n. 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. showing deference

Etymologies

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)
Latin dēferēns, dēferentis. (Wiktionary)

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