Eccentricity - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌeksenˈtrɪsəti|  American pronunciation of the word eccentricity
Brit.  |ˌɛksɛnˈtrɪsɪti|  British pronunciation of the word eccentricity

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

a circle is an ellipse with zero eccentricity

- a circularity that has a different center or deviates from a circular path

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
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