- 1A departure from what is normal, usual, or expected, typically an unwelcome one: they described the outbreak of violence in the area as an aberration I see these activities as some kind of mental aberrationMore example sentences
- According to the revisionists, mechanical television was an aberration which is not to be taken seriously.
- His experience may be transformed from an unfortunate aberration into official company policy.
- Having grown up during the heady days of the late 1990s, they think the current period is an aberration.
- 1.1 Biology A characteristic that deviates from the normal type: colour aberrationsMore example sentences
- These tests score either chromosomal structural aberrations at metaphase or micronuclei at interphase.
- The number of cells with chromosomal aberrations among 100 well-spread metaphases was recorded.
- Cells were classified with regard to the presence of abnormal metaphases and aberrations of any of the stages of mitosis.
- 1.2 Optics The failure of rays to converge at one focus because of a defect in a lens or mirror.More example sentences
- The problems with the microlens array design are low light throughput, non-uniform intensity foci, and lens aberrations.
- The slight asymmetry in both the radial and image axis direction indicates small aberrations in the microscope lens.
- The design of the complete lens system is focused on controlling aberrations in the optical image.
- 1.3 Astronomy The apparent displacement of a celestial object from its true position, caused by the relative motion of the observer and the object.More example sentences
- This was still an astronomical method, but Bradley used observations of the aberration of light from stars.
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- Any process of organization is necessarily aberrational within the general economy.
- This type of database can tell us about aberrational outbreaks of food poisoning.
- This is an aberrational number of deaths in such a short period.
late 16th century: from Latin aberratio(n-), from aberrare 'to stray' (see aberrant).