(British) A part of an exam or series of exams in which the candidate has to demonstrate their practical ability
Based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis
Being likely to be effective and applicable to a real situation; able to be put to use
- Jack didn't get an engineering degree, but has practical knowledge of metalworking.
Of a person, having skills or knowledge that are practical
- Jack's knowledge has the practical benefit of giving us useful prototype parts.
- All in all, Jack's a very practical chap
* (based on practice or action) theoretical
* (being likely to effective and applicable to a real situation) impractical
* (of a person) impractical
* eccentrick (obsolete)
* excentrick (obsolete)
Not at or in the centre; away from the centre.
* 2011 , Michael Laver, Ernest Sergenti. Party Competition: An Agent-Based Model ,
Not perfectly circular; elliptical.
- Strikingly, we see that party births tend systematically to be at policy positions that are significantly more eccentric than those of surviving parties, whatever decision rule these parties use.
Having a different center; not concentric.
(of a person) deviating from the norm; behaving unexpectedly or differently.
* 1801', Author not named, ''Fyfield (John)'', entry in '''''Eccentric Biography; Or, Sketches of Remarkable Characters, Ancient and Modern ,
- As of 2008, Margaret had the most eccentric orbit of any moon in the solar system, though Nereid's mean eccentricity is greater.
* 1807', G. H. Wilson (editor), ''The '''Eccentric Mirror , Volume 3,
- He was a man of a most eccentric turn of mind, and great singularity of conduct.
* 1956 , , The City and the Stars , 2012,
- Such is not the case with Mr. Martin Van Butchell, one of the most eccentric characters to be found in the British metropolis, and a gentleman of indisputable science and abilities, but whose strange humors and extraordinary habits, have rather tended to obscure than to display the talents he possessed.
(physiology, of a motion) Against or in the opposite direction of contraction of a muscle (e.g., such as results from flexion of the lower arm (bending of the elbow joint) by an external force while contracting the triceps and other elbow extensor muscles to control that movement; opening of the jaw while flexing the masseter).
Having different goals or motives.
* , 1867 , Richard Whately (analysis and notes), James R. Boyd (editor), Essay XI: Wisdom for a Man's Self'', ''Lord Bacon's Essays ,
- Khedron was the only other person in the city who could be called eccentric —and even his eccentricity had been planned by the designers of Diaspar.
* . See also (Isometric exercise)
* (not at or in the centre) eccentrical, excentrical
* (not perfectly circular) eccentrical, excentrical
* (having a different centre) eccentrical, excentrical
* (deviating from the norm) eccentrical, excentrical, odd, abnormal
* (against the contraction of a muscle)
* (having different goals or motives) eccentrical, excentrical
* (against the contraction of a muscle) concentric
One who does not behave like others.
* 1998 , Michael Gross, Life On The Edge , 2001,
A disk or wheel with its axis off centre, giving a reciprocating motion.
* 1840 , Dionysius Lardner, The Steam Engine Explained and Illustrated ,
- Eccentrics live longer, happier, and healthier lives than conformist normal citizens, according to the neuropsychologist David Weeks.
* 1994 , James M. Lattis, Between Copernicus and Galileo: Christoph Clavius and the Collapse of Ptolemaic Cosmology ,
- The position of the eccentrics' which is necessary to make the pistons drive the engine forward must be directly the reverse of that which would cause them to drive the engine backwards. To be able, therefore, to reverse the motion of the engine, it would only be necessary to be able to reverse the position of the ' eccentrics , which may be accomplished by either of two expedients.
* 2007 , George Saliba, Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance ,
- Clavius goes on to use the large number of orbs in Fracostoro's theory as another reason to prefer the Ptolemaic system, then couples this issue with that of the relative capacity of the theories to save the phenomena, then finally reiterates the lack (as he sees it) of conflict between the Aristotelian natural philosophy and the eccentrics and epicycles of mathematical astronomy.
(slang) A kook.
- The discussion that revolved around the admissibility of eccentrics' and epicycles lied(sic) at the core of this theoretical discussion, and those who would not allow such concepts took the position that such ' eccentrics and epicycles would then introduce a center of heaviness, other than the Earth, around which celestial simple objects would then move.