• WordNet 3.6
    • adj deviate markedly different from an accepted norm "aberrant behavior","deviant ideas"
    • v deviate turn aside; turn away from
    • v deviate cause to turn away from a previous or expected course "The river was deviated to prevent flooding"
    • v deviate be at variance with; be out of line with
    • n deviate a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Deviate To cause to deviate. "To deviate a needle."
    • v. i Deviate To go out of the way; to turn aside from a course or a method; to stray or go astray; to err; to digress; to diverge; to vary. "Thus Pegasus, a nearer way to take,
      May boldly deviate from the common track."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deviate To turn aside or wander from the way or course; err; swerve: as, to deviate from the common track or path, or from a true course.
    • deviate To take a different course; diverge; differ.
    • deviate To cause to swerve; lead astray.
    • deviate To change the direction or position of, as a ray of light or the plane of polarization. See biquartz.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Deviate dē′vi-āt to go from the way: to turn aside from a certain course: to err
    • v.t Deviate to cause to diverge
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  • Aristotle
    “The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. deviare, to deviate; de, + viare, to go, travel, via, way. See Viaduct


In literature:

Your subject must not deviate from the young couple themselves, their wedding, their future.
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
At this point, but with many fantastic deviations due to his prevailing romanticism, he was partly of the classic temper.
"The Poetry Of Robert Browning" by Stopford A. Brooke
He, at all events, used the liberty of deviating from the original draft.
"The Life of John Milton, Volume 5 (of 7), 1654-1660" by David Masson
Soon, I was imitating a straight line with fair success, subject to a few graceful deviations.
"The Princess Passes" by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
The slightest deviation from a straight line in the stitch spoils the entire piece of work.
"Making Both Ends Meet" by Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
He implied an intrigue with a married woman, a deviation not only from morality, but from honor.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
I can deviate my course, however, if it will accommodate you.
"Deadwood Dick, The Prince of the Road" by Edward L. Wheeler
The inversion is found among persons who otherwise show no marked deviation from the normal.
"Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex" by Sigmund Freud
If one or more of the readings show a deviation of more than 0.3 deg.
"Scientific American Supplement No. 822" by Various
He was the first that deviated from the great masters of his art.
"A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence" by Cornelius Tacitus

In poetry:

That goes against His intentions!
To avoid deviations,
God will entrust the production
Into Pain's hands, a deaf titan.
"Theater" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
For once, then, if untutored youth,
Youth unapproved by years,
May chance to deviate into truth,
When your experience errs;
"Upon A Venerable Rival" by William Cowper
Constrained to what abysmal pole
Shall severed armies close their flanks
To stand with deviated ranks,
Subserving to a final goal?
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
So, doubtless, when beneath thy potence swerving,
'Tis that thou lead'st us by a path unknown,
Our seeming deviations all subserving
The perfect orbit round the central throne.
"The Dark Companion" by James Brunton Stephens
Some fickle creatures boast a soul
True as a needle to the pole,
Their humour yet so various—
They manifest their whole life through
The needle’s deviations too,
Their love is so precarious.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
I must tell you all about it! But I'll have to deviate
A little in beginnin', so's to set the matter straight
As to how it comes to happen that I never took a wife--
Kindo' "crawfish" from the Present to the Springtime of my life!
"Farmer Whipple--Bachelor" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Both are facing Estacada, whose teams sport 1-2 records and don't present much deviation from the typical non-conference schedule.
Those who deviate from it and flout the rules will soon be paying a steeper price.
Fans of the band's first album, Vatos, won't find much deviation from Art Fad 's pace or sound on Banditos.
Negative deviations were especially large in the Interior and western Alaska.
Their desire is for the programs to be scripturally sound and will not endure any deviation from the truth of the gospel .
To see if an actively managed fund has had a tendency to deviate from its stated investing style in recent years, you can plug its ticker symbol into the Quote box at the top of every Morningstar page and then click on the Portfolio tab.
If he is right, mapping deviation from rational behavior is possible by analyzing probabilistically our common mistakes.
I grew up around two cousins and an aunt who constantly corrected any of my deviations from proper speech.
During interrogation, Ryan S Cole admitted to having deviate sexual intercourse with three women in the jail.
He said that even if an automated system costs significantly more than a manual operation up front, the added cost of technology "may be justified by one occurrence of a major quality deviation or recall.".
Learning to deal with deviations from the diet routine.
Yet despite these deviations from the old liberal consensus—or, some might argue, because of them—China gets things done.
The polarization of politics in today's society has citizens unwilling to deviate from party lines, mired by a guise of misinformation and self-interest.
A Columbia Crossroads man is charged with 10 counts of incest, rape, aggravated indecent assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse this morning.
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney deviated Wednesday from his usual well-choreographed campaign rally for a flying-without-a-net Oprah-style town hall in which audience members asked questions.

In science:

We can also obtain large deviation formulas (and estimates, compare lemma 4.1 in ) for macroscopic deviations from the asymptotic (average) height function.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
False colors are scaled to ±0.005 standard deviations for the density errors and ±0.2 standard deviations for the velocity errors.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
As a corollary of the large deviations for Y , we obtain the large deviations for X2 with the same rate function.
Quenched large deviations for diffusions in a random Gaussian shear flow drift
In this way we show that the self-repellent random walk large deviation rate function for the empirical drift of the path converges to the selfrepellent Brownian motion large deviation rate function after appropriate scaling with the interaction parameters.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers
General finite-rank deviations from unitarity In what follows we assume all eigenvalues of the deviation matrix ˆT = 1 − ˆG are smaller than unity: Ti < 1, but the resulting expressions turn out to be valid in the limiting cases some Ti = 1 as well.
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results