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Webster 1913 Edition


Deviate

De′vi-ate

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Deviated
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Deviating
.]
[L.
deviare
to deviate;
de
+
viare
to go, travel,
via
way. See
Viaduct
.]
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.
Syn. – To swerve; stray; wander; digress; depart; deflect; err.

De′vi-ate

,
Verb.
T.
To cause to deviate.
[R.]
To
deviate
a needle.
J. D. Forbes.

Webster 1828 Edition


Deviate

DEVIATE

,
Verb.
I.
[L., way.]
1.
To turn aside or wander from the common or right way, course or line, either in a literal or figurative sense; as, to deviate from the common track or path, or from a true course.
There nature deviates, and here wanders will.
2.
To stray from the path of duty; to wander, in a moral sense; to err; to sin.

Definition 2021


deviate

deviate

English

Noun

deviate (plural deviates)

  1. (sociology) A person with deviant behaviour; a deviant, degenerate or pervert.
    • 1915: James Cornelius Wilson, A Handbook of medical diagnosis
      ...Walton has suggested that it is desirable "to name the phenomena signs of deviation, and call their possessors deviates or a deviate as the case may be...
    • 1959: Leon Festinger, Stanley Schachter, Kurt W. Back, Social Pressures in Informal Groups: A Study of Human Factors in Housing
      Under these conditions the person who appears as a deviate is a deviate only because we have chosen, somewhat arbitrarily, to call him a member of the court ...
    • 2001: Rupert Brown, Group Processes
      ...The second confederate was also to be a deviate initially...
  2. (statistics) A value equal to the difference between a measured variable factor and a fixed or algorithmic reference value.
    • 1928: Karl J. Holzinger, Statistical Methods for Students in Education
      It will be noted that for a deviate x = 1.5, the ordinate z will have the value .130...
    • 2001: Sanjeev B. Sarmukaddam, Indrayan Indrayan, Abhaya Indrayan, Medical Biostatistics
      This difference is called a deviate. When a deviate is divided by its SD a, it is called a relative deviate or a standard deviate.
    • 2005: Michael J. Crawley, Statistics: An Introduction Using R
      This is a deviate so the appropriate function is qt. We need to supply it with the probability (in this case p = 0.975) and the degrees of freedom...

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Verb

deviate (third-person singular simple present deviates, present participle deviating, simple past and past participle deviated)

  1. (intransitive) To go off course from; to change course; to change plans.
    He's deviating from the course. Follow him!
  2. (intransitive) To fall outside of, or part from, some norm; to stray.
    His exhibition of nude paintings deviated from local censorship norms.
    • Alexander Pope
      Thus Pegasus, a nearer way to take, / May boldly deviate from the common track.

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Latin

Verb

dēviāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of dēviō