deferent

deferent

1 [def-er-uhnt]
adjective
marked by or showing deference: She was always deferent to her elders.

Origin:
1815–25; defer2 + -ent

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deferent

2 [def-er-uhnt]
adjective Anatomy.
1.
conveying away; efferent.
2.
of or pertaining to the vas deferens.
noun
3.
Astronomy. (in the Ptolemaic system) the circle around the earth in which a celestial body or the center of the epicycle of its orbit was thought to move.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin dēferent- (stem of dēferēns), present participle of dēferre. See defer2, -ent

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deferent1 (ˈdɛfərənt)
 
adj
another word for deferential

deferent2 (ˈdɛfərənt)
 
adj
1.  (esp of a bodily nerve, vessel, or duct) conveying an impulse, fluid, etc, outwards, down, or away; efferent
 
n
2.  astronomy (in the Ptolemaic system) a circle centred on the earth around which the centre of the epicycle was thought to move
 
[C17: from Latin dēferre; see defer²]

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deferent
1620s, from Fr. déférent (16c.), from L. deferentem, prp. of deferre "to carry down or away" (see defer (2)). Earlier in M.E. as a word in astronomy (early 15c.).
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deferent def·er·ent (děf'ər-ənt, děf'rənt)
adj.
Carrying down or away, as a duct or vessel.

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