• WordNet 3.6
    • n aberration an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image
    • n aberration a disorder in one's mental state
    • n aberration a state or condition markedly different from the norm
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Aberration A partial alienation of reason. "Occasional aberrations of intellect.""Whims, which at first are the aberrations of a single brain, pass with heat into epidemic form."
    • Aberration (Astron) 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.
    • Aberration The act of wandering; deviation, especially from truth or moral rectitude, from the natural state, or from a type. "The aberration of youth.""Aberrations from theory."
    • Aberration (Opt) 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.
    • Aberration (Physiol) The passage of blood or other fluid into parts not appropriate for it.
    • Aberration (Law) The producing of an unintended effect by the glancing of an instrument, as when a shot intended for A glances and strikes B.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aberration The act of wandering away; deviation; especially, in a figurative sense, the act of wandering from the right way or course; hence, deviation from truth or moral rectitude.
    • n aberration In pathology: A wandering of the intellect; mental derangement.
    • n aberration Vicarious hemorrhage.
    • n aberration Diapedesis of blood-corpuscles.
    • n aberration Congenital malformation.
    • n aberration In zoology and botany, deviation from the type; abnormal structure or development.
    • n aberration In optics, a deviation in the rays of light when unequally refracted by a lens or reflected by a mirror, so that they do not converge and meet in a point or focus, but separate, forming an indistinct image of the object, or an indistinct image with prismatically colored edges. It is called spherical when, as in the former case, the imperfection or blurring arises from the form of curvature of the lens or reflector, and chromatic when, as in the latter case, there is a prismatic coloring of the image arising from the different refrangibility of the rays composing white light, and the consequent fact that the foci for the different colors do not coincide. Thus, in fig. 1, the rays passing through the lens L L near its edge have a focus at A, while those which pass near the axis have a focus at B; hence, an image formed on a screen placed at m m would appear more or less distorted or indistinct.
    • n aberration In astronomy, the apparent displacement of a heavenly body due to the joint effect of the motion of the rays of light proceeding from it and the motion of the earth. Thus, when the light from a star that is not directly in the line of the earth's motion is made to fall centrally into a telescope, the telescope is in reality inclined slightly away from the true direction of the star toward that in which the earth is moving; just as one running under a vertically falling shower of rain, and holding in his hand a long-necked flask, must incline its mouth forward if he does not wish the sides of the neck to be wetted. This phenomenon, discovered and explained by Bradley (1728), is termed the aberration of light, and its effect in displacing a star is called the aberration of the star. The annual aberration, due to the motion of the earth in its orbit, amounts to 20″.4 in the maximum; the diurnal aberration, due to the rotation of the earth, is only 0″.3 at most. See planetary aberration, below.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aberration a wandering from the right path: deviation from truth or rectitude: in science, deviation from the type: abnormal structure or development
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    “Of all the sexual aberrations, perhaps the most peculiar is chastity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. aberratio,: cf. F. aberration,. See Aberrate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. aberrāre, -ātumab, from, errāre, to wander.


In literature:

It works for a time, and even for life in the case of incomplete and aberrant women.
"Woman and Womanhood" by C. W. Saleeby
He received a slight wound on the head, from a fall, not long ago, and that is probably the cause of his aberration of mind.
"The Call of the Beaver Patrol" by V. T. Sherman
As a temporary aberration of memory, or what?
"The Hand in the Dark" by Arthur J. Rees
She only knits her brows over the earth's greater aberrations in space.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
Mars does not borrow the torch of Hymen to light the little aberrations of Venus!
"The Man With The Broken Ear" by Edmond About
This aberrant artery anastomosed below the elbow-joint with the radial side of the radial artery.
"On the Genesis of Species" by St. George Mivart
It should be distinguished from aberrant or abnormal forms, for these are not necessarily indicative of disease.
"Scientific American, Volume XLIII., No. 25, December 18, 1880" by Various
Medically he may have a slight aberration, but only experts could determine that.
"The Attempted Assassination of ex-President Theodore Roosevelt" by Oliver Remey
If he had fallen into evil courses, none knew it so well as they, and none had suffered more by these aberrations.
"Robert Burns" by Principal Shairp
He had awakened as from a dream, after so many years of aberration of intellect.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
The imagination working in isolation is able, like reason and self-consciousness, to fall into curious distortions and aberrations.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
I've found out about the magter, found what causes their mental aberration.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
Because it would involve revelations of my temporary moral aberration!
"Dandy Dick" by Arthur Pinero
Fortunately the aberration was only temporary.
"Ossian in Germany" by Rudolf Tombo
Not knowing how to relieve her I stood watching, fearing lest she should be seized with another attack of mental aberration.
"Devil's Dice" by William Le Queux
Men of distinguished talents, alive to all that is beautiful in creation, have fallen into singular aberrations.
"History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1)" by J. H. Merle D'Aubigné
His friend's aberrations were astounding.
"Under Cover" by Roi Cooper Megrue
Darya's motive in coming to England was, without doubt, one of revenge, prompted by the terrible aberration from which she was suffering.
"Stolen Souls" by William Le Queux
Open, you aberrated spores!
"The Metal Moon" by Everett C. Smith
His delusions come from mental weakness, not from aberration.
"The King of Alsander" by James Elroy Flecker

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:

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".
With the May 17 release of Hallway Of Mirrors nearing, New York-based guitarist/composer Alexander Turnquist has unveiled the track " Spherical Aberrations" off of the upcoming LP exclusively on CMJ.
Evidence suggests 49ers' 9-sack stinker was aberration.
The former House speaker will need to convince voters that the past 30 days was just an aberration and not emblematic of what his presidency would look like.
In this, the high summer of the great conservative revolt, no one, whatever his past political aberrations, can remain unaffected.
Aberrant carotid artery as an incidental finding before tonsillectomy .
When the Porsche Cayenne debuted in 2003 purists held their noses, panning the SUV as an aberration that besmirched the image of an esteemed racing brand.
Enable higher-order aberration patients to achieve optimum vision.
The study of ocular aberrations is playing an ever-increasing role in eyecare.
Yet from a linguistic-cultural perspective, such thinking actually represents something of a historical aberration.
NASA software that calculates optical aberrations will sharpen images from space and could redefine perfect vision for humans.
The list of Catholic priests suspended in the last seven weeks here for alleged aberrant behavior involving children grew to 29 Wednesday, as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia placed two more clerics on administrative leave.
The Warmabomber Was An Aberration.

In science:

In brief, following basic calibration with the WFPC Pipeline, both sets of images were deconvolved with a model TINY TIM PSF using a Lucy-Richardson algorithm to remove the effects of the spherical aberration of HST.
The Nuclear Outflow in NGC 2110
Nijboer, Th´eorie de la diffraction des aberrations, La Th´eorie des Images Optiques, Proc. 1946 Paris colloq., ed. P.
Perimeter Variance of Uniform Random Triangles
The first, high-order Adaptive Optics (hereafter “AO”), provides control and manipulation of the image by correcting the aberrations in the incoming stellar wave front caused by the Earth’s atmosphere.
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
Small phase aberrations in the incoming stellar wave front, arising from imperfections in the AO optics or the coronagraphic optics, can lead to a pattern of speckles that litter the image in the focal plane (e.g.
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
AO wave front sensor), e.g., small aberrations in the coronagraphic optics, as small as 1 nm occurring “downstream” of the wave front sensor.
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
These optical aberrations translate directly to errors in the incoming stellar wave front.
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
This subsystem actively senses phase aberrations in the coronagraph wave front, and provides centroid offsets to the Deformable Mirror to pre-compensate for these aberrations.
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
These aberrations are the source of the quasi-static speckle noise, which greatly inhibits our ability to detect faint companions to nearby stars.
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
The primary corrective optic in the new system is a 3388actuator deformable mirror (hereafter, “DM”), which will correct the wave front aberrations at high-spatial frequencies (the “tweeter”).
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
However, the system will also make use of the original 241-actuator DM (the “woofer”) to correct the low-order aberrations.
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
This system will eventually operate at the ∼1 Hz update rate, which is easily sufficient given that this subsystem aims to minimize the quasi-static wave front aberrations in the wave front which give rise to speckles with timescales of hundreds of seconds or longer (Hinkley et al. 2007).
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
Measurements on the first generation PALAO system indicate a remaining RMS uncorrected wave front aberration due to atmospheric effects of ∼280 nm.
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
The 100× microscope ob jective (numerical aperture NA= 0.5) corrects for the aberration introduced by the vacuum window and achieves a Gaussian width resolution r = 0.21λ/NA = 0.42λ.
Polarized light emission from individual incandescent carbon nanotubes
The Latin translation of the Book of Optics exerted a great influence, for example, on the work of Roger Bacon, who cites him by name, and on Kepler and Fermat. It brought about a great progress in experimental methods. His research in catoptrics centred on spherical and parabolic mirrors and spherical aberration.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
The sample was rotated during the measurements in order to minimize aberrations due to a non-uniform packing density. The refinements of the crystal structure were carried out with the program FULLPROF . The following scattering lengths were used: Sm 0.8-i1.65 fm, Fe 9.45 fm, P 5.13 fm, As 6.58 fm, O 5.803 fm.
Interplay of composition, structure, magnetism, and superconductivity in SmFeAs1-xPxO1-y