• WordNet 3.6
    • adj deferent showing deference
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Deferent (Ptolemaic Astron) An imaginary circle surrounding the earth, in whose periphery either the heavenly body or the center of the heavenly body's epicycle was supposed to be carried round.
    • a Deferent Serving to carry; bearing. "Bodies deferent ."
    • Deferent That which carries or conveys. "Though air be the most favorable deferent of sounds."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deferent Bearing off or away; carrying off; conveying away; specifically, in anatomy and physiology, efferent: opposed to afferent: as, the deferent duct of the testes.
    • n deferent That which carries or conveys; a conductor.
    • n deferent Specifically A vessel or duct in the human body for the conveyance of fluids.
    • n deferent (also called the orbit), in the Ptolemaic system of astronomy, a circle upon the circumference of which another circle was supposed to move, this second circle being called the epicycle, and carrying the body of the planet.
    • n deferent In mathematics, the locus of the centers of circles of which a bicircular quartic is drawn as the envelop.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Deferent bearing away, carrying off
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  • Seneca
    “The deferring of anger is the best antidote to anger.”
  • Mikhail Bakunin
    Mikhail Bakunin
    “Does it follow that I reject all authority? Perish the thought. In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the boot-maker.”
  • Joseph Fort Newton
    Joseph Fort Newton
    “A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
    “Great men always pay deference to greater.”
  • Peggy Cahn
    Peggy Cahn
    “I believe the sign of maturity is accepting deferred gratification.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. deferens, p. pr. of deferre,. See 3d Defer
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. deferrede, down, and ferre, to bear.


In literature:

There was something about this man that commanded deference.
"The Necromancers" by Robert Hugh Benson
Thus the tension of hope long deferred, which renders Waterloo unique among battles, rose to its climax.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
His further action was, however, deferred.
"Charles the Bold" by Ruth Putnam
He deferred action, however, until the darker years that came after 1866.
"The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)" by John Holland Rose
They heard him with attention, and deferred to his skill and judgment.
"Hatchie, the Guardian Slave; or, The Heiress of Bellevue" by Warren T. Ashton
He defers the voyage to Macassar, and designs another.
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume XVI. (of 18)" by John Dryden
Be persuaded then, but defer the slaughtering sword.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
Miss Chantry was divided between enforced deference and a Saxon necessity to tell me I would not last.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Defer this noble stranger's punishment, Or your rash orders you will soon repent.
"The Works Of John Dryden, Volume 4 (of 18)" by John Dryden
Better could not, I suppose, be got at this time, and he did not like to defer giving them.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
No young girl would be likely to take that way home (with all due deference to the opinion of Master Dan Duff) alone at night.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
The rise of the Nile is deferred beyond the proper date.
"Ancient Egypt" by George Rawlinson
But, permit me to say it, I must ask you to defer to me as being a philosopher.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
But the great danger to each lies in mutual distrust, which defers the establishment of effective cooeperation.
"Practical Forestry in the Pacific Northwest" by Edward Tyson Allen
We spit upon a later and longer deferred justice.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Under the circumstances, in deference to the feelings of your friend, I'll take it on myself to suppress the story.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
Cabinet Ministers treat him with deference and respect.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
I see I must be more careful; and I shall defer this lecture.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
To him the Irishman repeated his tale with an extravagant show of respect and deference.
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng
I remained quiet, in an attitude of great deference.
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope

In poetry:

But these, of all the liveried crew
Obeisant in Mammon's walk,
Most deferent ply the facial screw,
The spinal bend, submissive talk.
"Lines To A Friend Visiting America" by George Meredith
Oh! no; beware of dire Delay,
Ye, who caress your Infants dear:
Defer it not from day to day,
From month to month, from year to year:
"Lyric Address To Dr. Jenner" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
Aha! I made them sore afraid!
They gave my schemes the preference,
And murmured: "Thank you, Mister Wade,"
With low and seemly deference.
"The Dictator" by C J Dennis
He was, in truth, a burning light,
And sinners trembled in his sight;
For nothing earthly could deter,
Nor friends persuade him to defer
What duty urged him to perform
In weal or woe, in calm or storm.
"Tribute To Rev. William Paul Quinn" by James Madison Bell
Is there a gospel in the red
Old witness of thy wide-mouthed wounds?
From thy blind stricken tongueless head
What desolate evangel sounds
A hopeless note of hope deferred?
What word, if there be any word?
"Before A Crucifix" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
In life, in death, a voice is heard,
Speaking in Heaven's own eloquence,
That calls on purposes deferred,
On wand'ring thought, on wildering sense,
And bids reflection, long interred,
Arouse from its indifference.
"Lessons of Time for Eternity" by John Bowring

In news:

Undocumented immigrants can apply for deferred action if they.
Saturday event will help 'dreamers' apply for deferred action.
Rep George Miller, D- Martinez, will host a Saturday summit to help undocumented immigrants learn how they can apply for deferred action, which would allow them to temporarily avoid deportation.
Hamilton County Commissioners deadlock, defer magistrate vote.
The Arab League took little action to address Syria crisis, deferring to UN.
Students at Henry Defer Intermediate School in Streetsboro are learning about and experiencing public service through student council.
Vote on ordinance to authorize permits for second line vendors deferred.
Bankrupt San Bernardino, California, voted on Monday to present a plan to a bankruptcy judge that seeks to balance its budget through deferring payments to the state's public employee pension fund and to the city's bondholders.
Deferring to those who arm Islamists in Libya and Syria.
As to homosexuality, I defer to the actual words of Jesus.
Big D- I shall defer to those belonging to the, 'Fat Female Drug Abusers of (December 10, 2012, by m5po).
Such judicial deference is hardly novel.
Change Deferred, Bailout Blues , Reporting on BP.
Robben's sentence deferred in disorderly conduct case.
Documentation for deferred action leads to confusion among illegal immigrants.

In science:

It is true that model selection gives a larger parameter area in which ΛCDM would not be ruled out even if it is wrong, though usually returning an inconclusive verdict in that case, to be deferred to future data.
Comment on `Tainted evidence: cosmological model selection versus fitting', by Eric V. Linder and Ramon Miquel (astro-ph/0702542v2)
For space reasons we limit to quoting the results deferring the proofs to a complete publication.
Reconstruction for models on random graphs
Further, Section 5 deals with the proof of Theorem 1 and the proof of the central limit theorem for S via Stein’s method; the reason why we defer the proof of Theorem 1 to Section 5 is that we can use basically the same argument to prove the asymptotic normality of both N (Hd (n, p)) and S .
The Order of the Giant Component of Random Hypergraphs
Next we will prove Lemma 12 which provides the central locality argument while the more technical proofs of Lemma 9, 10 and 11 are deferred to the end of this section.
The Order of the Giant Component of Random Hypergraphs
The conditions are identical for both statements we want to prove and we will prove that they are fulfilled in both c ases in the next two sections while the proof of the lemma itself is deferred to the end of the section.
The Order of the Giant Component of Random Hypergraphs
The discussion of these complex symmetric spaces will be deferred to a future publication.
Random matrices beyond the Cartan classification
Their proofs, deferred to Appendices A–C, take up more than one third of the book.
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
The (rather technical) proof is deferred to section §7.3 below. (See Bramson et al. (1993) for a similar argument in the context of the KPP equation.) Given Lemma 36, Proposition 33 is an easy consequence.
Occupation Statistics of Critical Branching Random Walks in Two or Higher Dimensions
For this, we need the following lemma whose proof we defer.
Quenched Limits for Transient, Ballistic, Sub-Gaussian One-Dimensional Random Walk in Random Environment
We shall now state the main result of this article, the proof of which is deferred to the Appendix.
A multivariate central limit theorem for randomized orthogonal array sampling designs in computer experiments
Technical proofs have been deferred to this appendix.
Rateless codes for AVC models
Let us now state our main result whose proof is deferred to Subsection 4.3.
Central limit theorem for sampled sums of dependent random variables
The proof of this lemma is deferred to Appendix A.
Sampling of min-entropy relative to quantum knowledge
We defer all analysis of kinematic and spatial sub-structure in this particular sample to a future paper.
The Milky Way's Circular Velocity Curve to 60 kpc and an Estimate of the Dark Matter Halo Mass from Kinematics of ~2400 SDSS Blue Horizontal Branch Stars
Such considerations are deferred to future studies.
Stability of discrete dark solitons in nonlinear Schrodinger lattices