/ prəˈdʒekʃn; NAmE / noun
[ C ] an estimate or a statement of what figures, amounts, or events will be in the future, or what they were in the past, based on what is happening now :
to make forward / backward projections of population figures
Sales have exceeded our projections.
[ U , C ] the act of putting an image of sth onto a surface; an image that is shown in this way :
the projection of three-dimensional images on a computer screen
OF SOLID SHAPE
[ C ] ( technical ) a solid shape or object as represented on a flat surface :
STH THAT STICKS OUT
[ C ] something that sticks out from a surface :
tiny projections on the cell
OF VOICE / SOUND
[ U ] the act of making your voice, a sound, etc. audible (= able to be heard) at a distance :
[ U ] the act of imagining that sb else is thinking the same as you and is reacting in the same way
OF THOUGHTS / FEELINGS
[ C , U ] the act of giving a form and structure to inner thoughts and feelings :
The idea of God is a projection of humans' need to have something greater than themselves.
mid 16th cent. (in sense 3): from Latin projectio(n-) , from proicere throw forth, from pro- forth + jacere to throw.