Meaning of DEVIATION in English

n.1 a deviating, digressing. b an instance of this.

2 Polit. a departure from accepted (esp. Communist) party doctrine.

3 Statistics the amount by which a single measurement differs from the mean.

4 Naut. the deflection of a ship's compass-needle caused by iron in the ship etc.

Phrases and idioms:

standard deviation Statistics a quantity calculated to indicate the extent of deviation for a group as a whole.


deviational adj. deviationism n. deviationist n.

Etymology: F d{eacute}viation f. med.L deviatio -onis (as DEVIATE)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.