from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To turn aside from a course or way.
- intransitive v. To depart, as from a norm, purpose, or subject; stray. See Synonyms at swerve.
- transitive v. To cause to turn aside or differ.
- n. A deviant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person with deviant behaviour; a deviant, degenerate or pervert.
- n. A value equal to the difference between a measured variable factor and a fixed or algorithmic reference value.
- v. To go off course from; to change course; to change plans.
- v. To fall outside of, or part from, some norm; to stray.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To go out of the way; to turn aside from a course or a method; to stray or go astray; to err; to digress; to diverge; to vary.
- transitive v. To cause to deviate.
- adj. having behavior differing from that which is normal or expected, especially in an undesirable or socially disapproved manner.
- n. a person having behavior differing from that which is normal or socially acceptable; -- used especially to characterize persons whose sexual behavior is considered morally unacceptable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To turn aside or wander from the way or course; err; swerve: as, to deviate from the common track or path, or from a true course.
- To take a different course; diverge; differ.
- To cause to swerve; lead astray.
- To change the direction or position of, as a ray of light or the plane of polarization. See biquartz.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be at variance with; be out of line with
- v. turn aside; turn away from
- v. cause to turn away from a previous or expected course
- n. a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
- adj. markedly different from an accepted norm
Late Latin dēviāre, dēviāt- : Latin dē-, de- + Latin via, road; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late Latin deviatus, past participle of deviare, from the phrase de via. (Wiktionary)