# Eccentricity - definition, pronunciation, transcription

*Amer.*|ˌeksenˈtrɪsəti|

*Brit.*|ˌɛksɛnˈtrɪsɪti|

#### noun ▼

- strange and unconventional behavior

- (geometry) a ratio describing the shape of a conic section; the ratio of the distance between the foci to the length of the major axis

- (geometry) a ratio describing the shape of a conic section; the ratio of the distance between the foci to the length of the major axis

a circle is an ellipse with zero eccentricity

### Examples

Some people weren't very tolerant of his eccentricity.

Talking to her plants is one of her many eccentricities.

Kate's mother had a reputation for eccentricity.

I found his eccentricities amusing rather than irritating.

What in some persons is called eccentricity, in others would be called insanity.

a circle is an ellipse with zero eccentricity

England still expects a modicum of eccentricity in its artists

### Word forms

*noun*

singular: eccentricity

plural: eccentricities