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ec·cen·tric

(ek-sen'trik), Do not confuse this word with acentric.
1. Abnormal or peculiar in ideas or behavior. Synonym(s): erratic (1)
2. Proceeding from a center. Compare: centrifugal (2).
3. Synonym(s): peripheral
[G. ek, out, + kentron, center]

eccentric

/ec·cen·tric/ (ek-sen´trik) situated or occurring or proceeding away from a center.

eccentric

[eksen′trik]
Etymology: Gk, ek, out, centre, center
1 pertaining to an object or activity that departs from the usual course or practice.
2 pertaining to behavior that may appear to be odd or unconventional but does not necessarily reflect a disorder.

eccentric

adjective Referring to eccentricity.

noun A person whose behaviour or mannerisms are generally regarded as deviating from an accepted norm.

eccentric

adjective Not central, peripheral noun A person not regarded as 'normal' by his peers, friends, or family

ec·cen·tric

(ek-sen'trik)
1. Abnormal or peculiar in ideas or behavior.
2. Situated away from a center or proceeding from a center.
Compare: centrifugal (2)
3. Synonym(s): peripheral.

eccentric

Located away from, or deviating from, the centre or from the usual position.

eccentric (ek·senˑ·trik),

n muscle contraction that involves an increase in the length of the muscle.

ec·cen·tric

(ek-sen'trik) Do not confuse this word with acentric.
1. Abnormal or peculiar in ideas or behavior.
Synonym(s): erratic (1) .
2. Proceeding from a center.

eccentric (eksen´trik),

n 1. a deviation from the normal or conventional.
adj 2. away from the central or reference position.
eccentric checkbite,
n See record, interocclusal, eccentric.
eccentric jaw relation,
n See relation, jaw, eccentric.
eccentric occlusion,
eccentric position,
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Many a lorgnette I saw turned in her direction, and the croupiers' hopes rose high that such an eccentric player was about to provide them with something out of the common.
If you ever perceive a man setting up as a merchant or a manufacturer, or going into the cotton or tobacco trade, or any of those eccentric pursuits; or getting to be a drygoods dealer, or soap-boiler, or something of that kind; or pretending to be a lawyer, or a blacksmith, or a physician -- any thing out of the usual way -- you may set him down at once as a genius, and then, according to the rule-of-three, he's an ass.
We made the discovery in consequence of his having, in his eccentric way, an appointment with you at twelve o'clock at night, when you were to explain some writing to him as you had often done before on account of his not being able to read.
Like the eccentric woman she was, she was at present absorbed in considering what was to be done, and did not fancy that the end could be better achieved by bitter remarks or explosions.
But there have been inventors who were not eccentric and who starved while they sought to invent practical things; and sometimes, it is recorded, they succeeded.
Listen to my experience," said our eccentric friend, "and, if you are a wise man, you will make up your mind as soon as you have heard me.
The intense spiritual striving which was so foreign to Macaulay's practical nature first appears among the Victorians in the Scotsman Thomas Carlyle, a social and religious prophet, lay-preacher, and prose-poet, one of the most eccentric but one of the most stimulating of all English writers.
The people round about are persuaded that I am, to put it as kindly as possible, exceedingly eccentric, for the news has travelled that I spend the day out of doors with a book, and that no mortal eye has ever yet seen me sew or cook.
Nietzsche practically tells us here that it is not he who intentionally wears eccentric clothes or does eccentric things who is truly the individualist.
He was asking, too, the well-known eccentric enthusiast, Pestsov, a liberal, a great talker, a musician, an historian, and the most delightfully youthful person of fifty, who would be a sauce or garnish for Koznishev and Karenin.
He seems to have zigzagged between the normal and the eccentric.
The secretary assented to this proposition with the best grace he could assume--it is difficult to feign a true professional relish: which is eccentric sometimes--and after asking the candidate a few unimportant questions, proceeded to enrol him a member of the Great Protestant Association of England.