|1.||[ noun ] a variation that deviates from the standard or norm|
|Synonyms:||difference departure divergence|
"the deviation from the mean"
|Related terms:||variation discrepancy driftage flection deviate distinguish|
|2.||[ noun ] (mathematics,statistics) the difference between an observed value and the expected value of a variable or function|
|Related terms:||statistic mean_deviation outlier statistics|
|3.||[ noun ] deviate behavior|
|Related terms:||abnormality deviate|
|4.||[ noun ] the error of a compass due to local magnetic disturbances|
|Related terms:||erroneousness deviate|
|5.||[ noun ] a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)|
|Synonyms:||diversion deflexion deflection divagation digression|
: "a diversion from the main highway" "a digression into irrelevant details" "a deflection from his goal"
|Related terms:||turn red_herring deflect deviate digress deflect deviate|