from The Century Dictionary.

  • To wander or deviate from the right way; diverge.
  • In optics, to refract, as a lens, in such a manner that rays varying in wavelength or passing through different zones will have different foci. See aberration

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb rare To go astray; to diverge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb diverge from the expected
  • verb diverge or deviate from the straight path; produce aberration


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin aberrātus, perfect passive participle of aberrō ("wander, stray or deviate from"), formed from ab ("from, away from") + errō ("stray").


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