• WordNet 3.6
    • n aberrance a state or condition markedly different from the norm
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Aberrance the state or condition of being aberrant; a wandering from the right way; deviation from truth, rectitude, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aberrance Same as aberrancy.
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  • James Stewart Alexander Simmons
    James Stewart Alexander Simmons
    “So do not think of helpful whores as aberrational blots; I could not love you half so well without my practice shots.”
  • Remy De Gourmont
    “Of all the sexual aberrations, perhaps the most peculiar is chastity.”


In literature:

"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
All this aberration from the truth does not prevent the temple from being almost a miracle of art.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
What we see is an aberration due to exhaustion, the morbid fury of a life on the point of extinction.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Few recover after two years of mental aberration.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
Without being unduly sceptical, one may once more wonder if the Cro-Magnon stock may not have produced this somewhat aberrant form.
"Progress and History" by Various
The peculiar effect of aberration was perceived by him when endeavouring to obtain the parallax of Gamma Draconis.
"The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'" by Thomas Orchard
This wonderful lens is achromatic, and free from spherical aberration and distortion of image.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
Not till Herschel was that discovered; not till this extraordinary aberration was allowed for could it be discovered.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
The compound god Ptah-Seker is shown as a bandy-legged dwarf, with wide flat head, a known aberration of growth.
"The Religion of Ancient Egypt" by W. M. Flinders Petrie
Aberrant, deviating from a type.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard

In poetry:

Hope you at Christmas for currency,
Fiend of tonsorial tricks?
Never was greater aberrancy--
Coarsely I say to you, "Nix!"
"Christmas Cards" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Through Thy attributes preaching,
Almighty, and teaching,
O weigh aberration
In the scale of salvation,
Nor bring us to judgment.
"Judgment" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
Perhaps the gnawing of some secret sin,
Some aberration fraught with morbid gloom,
A buried hope which ever burst its tomb,
Despondency, disaster, or chagrin.
"The Suicide." by Alfred Castner King
Hope is the shadowy essence of a wish,
A fond desire which floats before our eyes;
With lurid aberration, feverish,--
We clutch the shadow which elusive, flies;
Though at our grasp the mocking fancy flees,
Hope still pursues and soothes realities.
"Hope." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

Gridlock an ' aberration ,' victory will send a message.
Doer dynasty, or aberration .
Oregon Ducks hope failure in Corvallis just an aberration with playoffs looming.
Evidence suggests 49ers' 9-sack stinker was aberration .
The Warmabomber Was An Aberration .
Is Occupancy Uptick a Trend or Aberration .
The UC source improves imaging resolution at low accelerating voltages by decreasing the energy spread among beam electrons , which reduces chromatic aberration and permits the beam to be focused into a smaller spot on the sample surface.
The appropriate homeopathic remedies will eliminate aberrant nerve reflexes and pathological nerve responses which cause recurrent subluxation complexes.
He public perception of William S Burroughs is that he has written one aberrant masterpiece, "Naked Lunch," and has subsequently given us obsessive variations of diminishing interest on that brilliant early novel.
Aberrant carotid artery as an incidental finding before tonsillectomy.
Following an unusual double-digit decline in viewership at the kids network in mid-September, CEO Philippe Dauman says the two firms are "investigating this aberration" to "understand and rectify" the situation.
Aberrant thymus and parathyroid gland presenting as a recurrent lateral neck mass: A case report.
Once the lens is replaced, there is greater potential to begin to correct higher-order aberrations.
Gridlock an 'aberration,' victory will send a message .
Alexander Turnquist Sees " Spherical Aberrations".

In science:

When the number of columns eliminated is h = 2v − 1, where v is any integer, the choice of a set ¯d with minimum rank ensures that the resulting fraction has minimum aberration.
Minimum aberration designs of resolution III
We will show that the minimum aberration design is obtained by adding r = k − n/2 additional columns to Om .
Minimum aberration designs of resolution III
Using theorem 4, it is easy to prove that the goodness of the design d in terms of its aberration depends entirely on e.
Minimum aberration designs of resolution III
The design d1 is of smaller aberration than d2 if and only if (by definition of WLPP) Pd1 (u) − Pd2 (u) has a negative coefficient for the term of lowest order.
Minimum aberration designs of resolution III
When k ≥ n/2, it can be shown that the minimum aberration design contains n/2 columns obtained as a product of an even subset of m independent columns.
Minimum aberration designs of resolution III