The English governor, deferent toward the creeds of his various subjects, presented them with the necessary wood.
The earth-centered circle in which this traveled round was called the "deferent."
Mealy Benoît had paid his score already, and Hogshead Geoffroy's deferent escort of friends was getting restless.
The circle Dd, described by D, the centre of the epicycle, was called the deferent.
It is good to be glad one was not knifed, and to be deferent until more suitable occasion.
Corresponding to each planet there was supposed to be a circle called a deferent, which had the earth as its centre.
Bucky gave him outwardly a deferent ear, but his alert mind and eyes were scanning the prisoners they saw.
But his eyes were not cold, and they regarded her with deferent though daring steadiness.
Men do love to have girls appeal to their superior knowledge, and be admiring and deferent.
The moon moves on an epicycle centred on a second epicycle, itself centred on a deferent, excentric to the earth.
1620s, from French déférent (16c.), from Latin deferentem (nominative deferens), present participle of deferre "to carry down or away" (see defer (v.2)). Earlier in Middle English as a word in astronomy (early 15c.).
deferent def·er·ent (děf'ər-ənt, děf'rənt)
Carrying down or away, as a duct or vessel.