Noun Aberration Definition and Examples







A departure from what is normal, usual, or expected, typically an unwelcome one.
  1. 'I see these activities as some kind of mental aberration'
  2. 'What went on over that short period of time was an aberration.'
  3. 'However, if the most recent 50 years in the history of war have truly been dictated by ideological instead of resource motivations, the period would represent a unique aberration.'
  4. 'Any aberrations and highhandedness by security forces, must not, of course, go unpunished.'
  5. 'In fact, the years between 1660 and 1685 were something of an aberration, a brief period of calm in an otherwise choppy sea.'
  6. 'The market will automatically correct any aberrations.'
  7. 'Now, as foreign minister, he wants to correct the aberrations.'
  8. 'Mee added, ‘Although I do not know who is responsible for these incidents I hope that they were aberrations and shall not be seen again.’'
  9. 'This wasn't an aberration - last year was the aberration.'
  10. 'Slight eccentricities are curtailed with gentle mocking, and social aberrations are laughed off the set.'
  11. 'That was an aberration, one of those ironic blips that sport throws up from time to time.'
  12. 'colour aberrations'
  13. 'Bone marrow cells exhibited chromosome aberrations, aneuploidy, and changes in the mitotic index.'
  14. 'Their presence in cells is a reflection of structural and/or numerical chromosomal aberrations arising during mitosis.'
  15. 'Chromosomal abnormalities included gonosomal aberrations in 5 cases.'
  16. 'Aggressive and poorly responsive tumors are often characterized by multiple molecular cytogenetic aberrations.'
  17. 'The number of cells with chromosomal aberrations among 100 well-spread metaphases was recorded.'
  18. 'To eliminate the residual aberration in the spherical lens, we need to increase the refractive index of the glass.'
  19. 'Typical aberrations that can impact imaging performance include astigmatism, chromatic aberration, and spherical aberration.'
  20. 'The design of the complete lens system is focused on controlling aberrations in the optical image.'
  21. 'Wavefront technology now gives us the ability to map the higher optical aberrations of the eye accurately.'
  22. 'Petzval is best remembered for his work on optical lenses and lens aberration done in the early 1840's.'
  23. 'The focusing mirror preferably has an elliptical shape to reduce off-axis aberrations in the focused beam.'
  24. 'The slight asymmetry in both the radial and image axis direction indicates small aberrations in the microscope lens.'
((n.) The act of wandering; deviation, especially from truth or moral rectitude, from the natural state, or from a type.|--|(n.) A partial alienation of reason.|--|(n.) A small periodical change of position in the stars and other heavenly bodies, due to the combined effect of the motion of light and the motion of the observer; called annual aberration, when the observer's motion is that of the earth in its orbit, and daily or diurnal aberration, when of the earth on its axis; amounting when greatest, in the former case, to 20.4'', and in the latter, to 0.3''. Planetary aberration is that due to the motion of light and the motion of the planet relative to the earth.|--|(n.) The convergence to different foci, by a lens or mirror, of rays of light emanating from one and the same point, or the deviation of such rays from a single focus; called spherical aberration, when due to the spherical form of the lens or mirror, such form giving different foci for central and marginal rays; and chromatic aberration, when due to different refrangibilities of the colored rays of the spectrum, those of each color having a distinct focus.|--|(n.) The passage of blood or other fluid into parts not appropriate for it.|--|(n.) The producing of an unintended effect by the glancing of an instrument, as when a shot intended for A glances and strikes B.|--|)


1. the act of departing from the right, normal, or usual course.

2. the act of deviating from the ordinary, usual, or normal type.

3. deviation from truth or moral rectitude.

4. mental irregularity or disorder, especially of a minor or temporary nature; lapse from a sound mental state.

5. Astronomy. apparent displacement of a heavenly body, owing to the motion of the earth in its orbit.

6. Optics. any disturbance of the rays of a pencil of light such that they can no longer be brought to a sharp focus or form a clear image.

7. Photography. a defect in a camera lens or lens system, due to flaws in design, material, or construction, that can distort the image.


"There can be aberration characteristics."
"aberrations can be on parts."
"aberrations can be in histories."
"aberrations can be due to factors."
"aberrations can be in places."
"aberrations can be in months."
"aberrations can be in costs."
"aberrations can be between people."
"aberrations can be after unemployments."
"youths can be aberrated."
"yourses can be aberrated."
"trips can be aberrated."
"thoughts can be aberrated."
"systems can be aberrated."
"sorts can be aberrated."
"processes can be aberrated."
"powers can be aberrated."
"personalities can be aberrated."
"people/places/organizations can be aberrated."
"others can be aberrated."

Late 16th century: from Latin aberratio(n-), from aberrare ‘to stray’ (see aberrant).

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