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eccentric

ec·cen·tric

eccentric

 
 
pronunciation:
ek sen trihk
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not adhering to the recognized or accepted manner, behavior, or thinking; unconventional; peculiar.
Eccentric people sometimes generate original ideas.
synonyms:
erratic, odd, oddball, offbeat, peculiar, queer, screwy, strange, unconventional
antonyms:
conventional, orthodox
similar words:
abnormal, balmy, curious, deviate, funny, original, quaint, quizzical, singular, uncommon, unusual, weird
definition 2: not having the same geometric center, or not situated or pivoted at the geometric center.
eccentric circlesan eccentric axle. (Cf. concentric.)
antonyms:
concentric
similar words:
elliptical, hyperbolic, off-center, parabolic
definition 3: deviating from a circular path or shape.
an eccentric orbit
antonyms:
circular
similar words:
elliptical, hyperbolic, parabolic
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person having or showing odd, unconventional beliefs, behaviors, or interests.
synonyms:
character, crank, flake, fruitcake, kook, nut, oddball, screwball
similar words:
abnormality, Bohemian, crackpot, deviate, erratic, loony, original, weirdo
definition 2: a mechanical device for changing circular motion to back-and-forth motion by means of a wheel with a pivot offset from center.
derivation: eccentrically (adv.)
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The word eccentric contains the following parts:
ec, ect, ecto Greek root that means out, outside
synonyms:
ex-, exo-, extr-, extra-, exter-
 
-ic Latin and Greek adjective-forming suffix that means like, pertaining to
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The suffix -ic attaches to roots and words of Greek or Latin origin to form adjectives. A few words ending in -ic (magic , critic , music ) were adjectives that became nouns in Greek before they entered English, also as nouns.