Definition of Delta

1. Noun. A low triangular area of alluvial deposits where a river divides before entering a larger body of water. "The Nile delta"

2. Noun. An object shaped like an equilateral triangle.

3. Noun. The 4th letter of the Greek alphabet.
Group relationships: Greek Alphabet
Generic synonyms: Alphabetic Character, Letter, Letter Of The Alphabet

Definition of Delta

1. n. A tract of land shaped like the letter delta (Δ), especially when the land is alluvial and inclosed between two or more mouths of a river; as, the delta of the Ganges, of the Nile, or of the Mississippi.

2. n. The fourth letter of the Greek alphabet (Δ δ), answering to D.

Definition of Delta

1. Acronym. Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults, an advanced qualification to teach English, higher than the CELTA, accredited by the University of Cambridge. ¹

2. Proper noun. A municipality in British Columbia, Canada ¹

3. Noun. The fourth letter of the modern Greek alphabet ''?'', ''?''. ¹

4. Noun. A landform at the mouth of a river where it empties into a body of water. ¹

5. Noun. The letter ''D'' in the ICAO spelling alphabet, which assigns words to letters of the alphabet. ¹

6. Noun. (phonetics) '''?''' In the IPA, a symbol that can represent the voiced dental fricative, though this sound is more frequently represented by the Icelandic eth ('''ð'''). ¹

7. Noun. (mathematics) The symbol ''?''. ¹

8. Noun. (computing informal) A small but noticeable effect, compare with epsilon. ¹

9. Noun. (computing) The set of differences between two versions of a file. ¹

10. Noun. (surveying) The angle subtended at the center of a circular arc. ¹

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Definition of Delta

1. an alluvial deposit at the mouth of a river [n -S] : DELTAIC, DELTIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Delta

1. Neurogenic locus in Drosophila. Gene product contains 9 repeats of the EGF like domain. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Delta

Delphic oracle
Delphinapterus leucas
Delphinium ajacis
Delphinus delphis
Delta (current term)
Demarquay's symptom
Demetrius I
Demetrius Poliorcetes
Demir Hisar

Literary usage of Delta

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Adventure Guide to the Alaska Highway by Ed Readicker-Henderson (2006)
"As you approach Delta Junction, there is a place to stay outside of town. ... There are 16 sites next to the Delta-Clearwater River. ..."

2. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1883)
"That Mr. Erskine's exploration left much to be accomplished, however, is evident from the fact that the delta, tributaries, &c., of the river were laid down ..."

3. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1914)
"total capacity of the two banks) it will only be possible to derive from the five transformers 133 per cent capacity.1 When two delta-delta banks are ..."

4. The Journal of Geography by National Council of Geography Teachers (U.S.) (1918)
"The delta, which is the largest and most important section of cultivated Egypt, ... This delta land, smaller in area than Massachusetts or New Jersey, ..."

5. Field Geology by Frederic Henry Lahee (1917)
"In a delta that has been built under ideal conditions in a standing body of water there are three series of beds, namely, topset, foreset, ..."

6. A Second Visit to the United States of North America by Charles Lyell (1849)
"The delta of the Mississippi may be defined as that part of the great alluvial slope, ... Above this point, which is the head of the delta, the Mississippi ..."

7. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1895)
"South of this delta the shore becomes a little steeper, but although broken by knolls like Miller Brow, the average gradient for the first 200 feet is only ..."

8. A History of Ancient Geography Among the Greeks and Romans from the Earliest by Edward Herbert Bunbury (1883)
"Delta OF THE INDUS. The statements of ancient writers concerning the width of the Delta, or the extent comprised between its two arms, ..."

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