There are 2 definitions of delta in English:

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noun

1The fourth letter of the Greek alphabet (Δ, δ), transliterated as ‘d’.
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  • Other symbols use in chemistry include the Greek letter delta to denote a change in energy levels and an arrow to indicate the direction a reaction proceeds in.
  • Casey guessed the next would be delta: phonetic alphabet
  • Apparently they don't teach you anything useful, just epsilons and deltas.
1.1British A fourth-class mark given for an essay, examination paper, or other piece of work.
1.2 [as modifier] The fourth in a series of items, categories, etc. delta hepatitis
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  • The study reports the influence of delta infection on the severity of hepatitis B.
  • To me it looked like the alpha males on the rampage, and alpha males are always scary to all the gamma and delta males.
  • Our results suggest that delta infection may not be very common in Indian patients with HBV-related liver diseases.
1.3 (Delta) [followed by Latin genitive] Astronomy The fourth (usually fourth-brightest) star in a constellation: Delta Cephei
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  • Other bright stars in Canis Major are Adhara (Epsilon Canis Majoris), Mirzam (Beta Canis Majoris), and Wezen (Delta Canis Majoris).
  • As a connecting star to Pegasus, it is also known as Delta Pegasi, though this name is rarely used.
2A code word representing the letter D, used in radio communication.
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  • Pilot: Regina Tower, (this is) Cessna foxtrot bravo charlie delta (over).
3 (also delta connection) A triangular arrangement of electrical three-phase windings.
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  • After the start, the circuit is switched to delta connection and the motor receives the nominal voltage.
  • The voltage and current rules for a delta connection must be used when determining line and phase values of voltage current.
  • The respective delta connections of each main and additional windings are three delta points,, and of the main winding which are perfectly symmetrical and equidistant from each other.

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1 (δ) Mathematics Variation of a variable or function.
1.1 (Δ) Mathematics A finite increment.
1.2 (δ) Astronomy Declination.

Origin

Greek, from Phoenician daleth.

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There are 2 definitions of delta in English:

delta2

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛltə
 
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noun

A triangular tract of sediment deposited at the mouth of a river, typically where it diverges into several outlets: the Nile delta [as modifier]: a huge delta system developed
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  • It and many other old zircons come from metamorphosed sediments deposited in river deltas some 3 billion years ago in what is now southwestern Australia.
  • Discriminating between deposits of tidally influenced deltas and tide-dominated coastal mud flats in the rock record is often difficult.
  • Innumerable lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and the deltas of 44 rivers make up the 900 km of backwater network of the State.

Origin

mid 16th century: originally specifically as the Delta (of the River Nile), from the shape of the Greek letter (see delta1).

Derivatives

deltaic

adjective
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  • Flows may have been storm-triggered or represent hyperpycnal underflows sourced from deltaic distributary channels, indicating the proximity of the coastline.
  • Unlike the deltaic, lowland assemblages of the southwestern United States, the Bromacker assemblage contains neither fish nor obligate aquatic tetrapod remains.
  • Avery Island is actually a small hill, created in the deltaic wetlands by the upwelling of ancient salt deposits that exist beneath the Mississippi Delta.

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