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delta Explained

delta at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


delta at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1200, Gk. letter shaped like a triangle, equivalent to our "D," the name from Phoenician daleth "tent door." Herodotus used it of the mouth of the Nile, and it was so used in Eng. from 1555; applied to other river mouths from 1790. Deltoid muscle so called since 1741, from its shape. ///

delta at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] [Date: 1300-1400; Language: Greek]//
1 the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet:
2 an area of low land where a river spreads into many smaller rivers near the sea: --the Nile delta//

DELTA at English => English (Abklex) Of Explained:

Developing European Learning Through Technology Advance

delta at Dutch => English Of Explained:

is ev

delta at German => English Of Explained:


delta at Hungarian => English Of Explained:


delta at Indonesian => English Of Explained:


delta at Spanish => English Of Explained:


delta at Swedish => english Of Explained:

partake, participate

delta at English => English (GNU/Linux) Of Explained:

The set of changes that RCS records for an RCS file. From Linux Guide @FirstLinux

delta at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Low-lying plain composed of stream-borne sediments deposited by a river at its mouth. Deltas have been important to humankind since prehistoric times. Sands, silts, and clays deposited by floodwaters were extremely productive agriculturally; and major civilizations flourished in the deltaic plains of the Nile and Tigris-Euphrates rivers. In recent years geologists have discovered that much of the world's petroleum resources are found in ancient deltaic rocks. Deltas vary widely in size, structure, composition, and origin, though many are triangular (the shape of the Greek letter delta).

delta at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

92 Moby Thesaurus words for "delta":
V, alkali flat, alluvial plain, basin, bill, bottomland, branch,
breakwater, bushveld, campo, cape, champaign, champaign country,
chersonese, coastal plain, coral reef, crotch, crutch, desert,
down, downs, fan, fell, flat, flat country, flatland, flats,
foreland, fork, furcula, furculum, grass veld, grassland, groin,
head, headland, heath, hook, inguen, lande, level, llano, lowland,
lowlands, lunar mare, mare, mesa, mesilla, moor, moorland, mull,
naze, ness, offshoot, open country, pampa, pampas, peneplain,
peninsula, plain, plains, plateau, playa, point, prairie,
promontory, prong, ramification, reef, salt flat, salt marsh,
salt pan, sandspit, savanna, sebkha, spit, spur, stem, steppe,
table, tableland, tongue, tree veld, trident, tundra, upland, vega,
veld, weald, wide-open spaces, wishbone, wold

delta at Croatian => English Of Explained:

river delta

delta at French => English Of Explained:


delta at Hungarian => English Of Explained:


delta at Dutch => English Of Explained:

delta [dɛlta]

delta at Portuguese => English Of Explained:


delta at Swedish => English Of Explained:


delta at Polish => English Of Explained:


delta at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet ({Delta},{delta})
2 an area of land, shaped like a triangle, where a river has split into several smaller rivers before entering the sea:
the Nile Delta

Delta at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Delta \Del"ta\, n.; pl. {Deltas}. [Gr. de`lta, the name of the
fourth letter of the Greek alphabet (the capital form of
which is [Delta], Eng. D), from the Ph[oe]nician name of the
corresponding letter. The Greeks called the alluvial deposit
at the mouth of the Nile, from its shape, the Delta of the
A tract of land shaped like the letter delta ([Delta]),
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.

Delta \Del"ta\, n.
1. The fourth letter of the Greek alphabet ([Delta] [delta]),
answering to {D}. Hence, an object having the shape of the
capital [Delta].

2. (Elec.) The closed figure produced by connecting three
coils or circuits successively, end for end, esp. in a
three-phase system; -- often used attributively, as delta
winding, delta connection (which see), etc.

delta at English => English (Computer) Of Explained:


1. A quantitative change, especially a small or incremental
one (this use is general in physics and engineering). "I just
doubled the speed of my program!" "What was the delta on
program size?" "About 30 percent." (He doubled the speed of
his program, but increased its size by only 30 percent.)

2. [Unix] A {diff}, especially a {diff} stored under the set
of version-control tools called SCCS (Source Code Control
System) or RCS (Revision Control System). See {change

3. A small quantity, but not as small as {epsilon}. The
jargon usage of {delta} and {epsilon} stems from the
traditional use of these letters in mathematics for very small
numerical quantities, particularly in "epsilon-delta" proofs
in limit theory (as in the differential calculus). The term
{delta} is often used, once {epsilon} has been mentioned, to
mean a quantity that is slightly bigger than {epsilon} but
still very small. "The cost isn't epsilon, but it's delta"
means that the cost isn't totally negligible, but it is
nevertheless very small. Common constructions include "within
delta of ---", "within epsilon of ---": that is, "close to"
and "even closer to".

[{Jargon File}]



1. An expression-based language developed by J.C. Cleaveland
in 1978.

2. A string-processing language with single-character commands
from {Tandem Computers}.

3. A language for system specification of simulation

["System Description and the DELTA Language",
E. Holback-Hansen et al, DELTA Proj Rep 4, Norweg Comput Ctr,
Feb 1977].

4. A {COBOL} generating language produced by {Delta Software
Entwicklung GmbH (}.


delta at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: a low triangular area where a river divides before entering
a larger body of water
2: the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet

delta at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: also » DELTA|Delta


Inter: letter_disp2 » gamma|Category: image - :Greek_uc_delta.png|36pxCategory: image - :Greek_lc_delta.png|26px |epsilon|δέλτα|Δ|δ


From Inter: etyl » grc Inter: term » sc=polytonic|δέλτα|tr=delta.


* Inter: IPA » /ˈdɛɫtə/
  • Inter: rhymes » ɛltə


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • The fourth letter of the modern Greek alphabet Δ, δ.
    1. A landform at the mouth of a river where it empties into a body of water.
    2. The letter D in the ICAO spelling alphabet, which assigns words to letters of the alphabet.
    3. Inter: mathematic » s The symbol Δ.
    4. Inter: computing » informal A small but noticeable effect, compare with epsilon.
    5. : This will slow the main code path down, but only by delta.
    6. Inter: computin » g The set of differences between two versions of a file.
    7. : When you update the file, the system will only save the deltas.
    8. Inter: surveyin » g The angle subtended at the center of a circular arc.

      Derived terms

      * delta connection

  • delta iron
  • delta metal
  • delta particle
  • delta wing

    See also

    * deltoid
  • Category: Wiktionary - :IPA pronunciation key|Appendix: IPA examples


    Inter: trans-top » fourth letter of modern Greek alphabet
  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|دلتا|f|tr=diltaa, deltaa|sc=Arab
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|делта|f|tr=délta
  • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|delta|f
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|德爾塔|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|德尔塔|tr=dé'ěrtǎ|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|delta
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|delta|m|f
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|delta
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|delta|m
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Delta|n
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|δέλτα|n|tr=délta

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|delta|n
    • Interlingua: Inter: t- » ia|delta
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|デルタ|tr=deruta|sc=Jpan
    • Korean: Inter: t+ » ko|델타|tr=delta|sc=Kore
    • Marathi: Inter: t- » mr|डेल्टा|n|tr=ḍelṭā|sc=Deva
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|delta|m
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|дельта|f|tr=dɛ́l'ta|sc=Cyrl
    • Slovene: Inter: t+ » sl|delta|f
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|delta|n
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|delta

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » landform
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|делта|f
    • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|delta|f
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|三角洲|tr=sānjiǎozhōu|sc=Hani
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|delta|m|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|suisto
  • Indonesian: Inter: t+ » id|kuala
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|三角州|tr=さんかくす, sankakusu|sc=Jpan
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|дельта|f|tr=dɛ́l'ta
  • Vietnamese: Inter: t- » vi|đồng bằng

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » the letter "D"
    • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|Dora
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|Daavid

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|delta|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » phonetic symbol
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|delta
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|δέλτα|n|tr=délta

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|дельта|f|tr=dɛ́l'ta

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » mathematical symbol
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|delta
    • Marathi: Inter: t- » mr|डेल्टा|tr=ḍelṭā|sc=Deva

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|дельта|f|tr=dɛ́l'ta

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Dutch: delta
    • German: Delta
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|δέλτα|n|tr=délta
    • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|delta|n (1), Inter: t- » is|ós|m (2), Inter: t- » is|árós|m (2)
    • Interlingua: delta (1, 2, 3)

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Portuguese: delta {{m}} (1, 2, 3)
  • Sindhi: Inter: sd-Arab » ٽِڪور {{f}} (2), Inter: sd-Arab » ڊيلٽا {{f}} (1,3,4)
  • Serbian: ušće {{n}}
  • Slovene: delta {{f}} (1, 2)
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|delta|n
  • Vietnamese: châu thổ

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    * atled
    • dalet
    • dealt

    Category: Category:en:Greek letter names -



    Inter: ca-noun » f|pl=deltes
  • Delta; the Category: Appendix - :Greek script|Greek letter Δ (lowercase δ).
    1. Inter: geography » lang=ca A delta.

      Derived terms

      * Inter: l » ca|metall delta

    Category: Category:ca:Greek letter names -



    Inter: cs-noun » g=n
  • data Inter: gloss » Greek letter

  • Category: Category:cs:Greek letter names -


    Inter: Finnish index » d
    Inter: wikipedia » lang=fi
    Inter: wikipedia » suisto|lang=fi


    * Inter: hyphenation » del|ta


    Inter: fi-nou » n
  • delta (Greek letter)


    Inter: fi-decl-kala » delt

    Derived terms

    * deltafunktio
    • deltalihas
    • deltasiipi

    Category: Category:fi:Greek letter names -



    * Inter: audio » Fr-delta.ogg|Audio


    Inter: fr-noun-inv » m
  • delta Inter: gloss » Greek letter


    Inter: fr-noun » m

  • delta Inter: gloss » geographical feature

  • Category: Category:French masculine nouns -
    Category: Category:fr:Geography -
    Category: Category:fr:Greek letter names -


    Inter: wikipedia » lang=it|dab=Delta


    Inter: head » it|noun Inter: m » inv
  • delta (all senses)

    Derived terms

    * ala a delta
    • deltaplano

    Category: Category:it:Greek letter names -


    Inter: wikipedia » lang=pl|dab=Delta


    * Inter: IPA » lang=pl|/ˈdɛlta/
    • Inter: audio » Pl-delta.ogg|audio


      Inter: pl-noun » f

  • delta
    1. Inter: mathematics » colloquial|lang=pl discriminant


      Inter: pl-decl-noun-f » del|t

    Category: Category:pl:Geography -
    Category: Category:pl:Greek letter names -
    Category: Category:pl:Mathematics -



    * Inter: IPA » /dêlta/|lang=sh
    • Inter: hyphenation » del|ta


      Inter: sh-noun » g=f|head=dȅlta|r|делта|де̏лта

  • delta, the Greek letter Δ, δ


    Inter: sh-decl-noun »

  • |dȅlta|delte

    Category: Category:sh:Greek letter names -



    Inter: es-noun » f
  • Greek letter delta.


    Inter: es-noun » m

  • A river delta.

  • Category: Category:es:Geography -
    Category: Category:es:Greek letter names -


    Etymology 1

    From Inter: etyl » grc|sv Inter: term » sc=polytonic|δέλτα|tr=delta.


    Inter: sv-noun » g=n
  • the Greek letter Δ, δ (delta)
    1. a river delta
      Inter: sv-noun-irreg-n » delta|deltat|delta|deltan

      Etymology 2

      From Inter: term » del||part|lang=sv + Inter: term » ta|ta(ga)|take|lang=sv; i.e. to take (a) part in something

      Alternative forms

      * Inter: l » sv|deltaga Inter: qualifier » dated


      * Inter: audio » Sv-delta.ogg|audio


      Inter: head » sv|verb

  • to participate
    Inter: sv-conj-st » class=6|delta|deltog|deltag|nop=1|nopp=1|end=vw|full=deltaga
    Related terms
    * deltagare

  • Category: Category:sv:Geography -
    Category: Category:sv:Greek letter names -
    Translation: ar » delta
    Translation: ca » delta
    Translation: cs » delta
    Translation: de » delta
    Translation: et » delta
    Translation: el » delta
    Translation: eo » delta
    Translation: fr » delta
    Translation: gl » delta
    Translation: ko » delta
    Translation: hr » delta
    Translation: io » delta
    Translation: id » delta
    Translation: it » delta
    Translation: kn » delta
    Translation: ku » delta
    Translation: la » delta
    Translation: lv » delta
    Translation: lt » delta
    Translation: hu » delta
    Translation: mg » delta
    Translation: ml » delta
    Translation: my » delta
    Translation: nl » delta
    Translation: pl » delta
    Translation: pt » delta
    Translation: ru » delta
    Translation: sm » delta
    Translation: sl » delta
    Translation: fi » delta
    Translation: sv » delta
    Translation: ta » delta
    Translation: te » delta
    Translation: tr » delta
    Translation: vi » delta
    Translation: zh » delta

    Delta at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » delta|DELTA



    * Inter: IPA » ˈdeltɑ|lang=mul


    Inter: head » mul|symbol
  • The letter D in the ICAO spelling alphabet.

  • Category: Category:ICAO spelling alphabet -



    From its location near the delta of the Inter: w » Fraser River


    * Inter: IPA » /ˈdɛltə/

    Proper noun

    Inter: en-proper nou » n
  • A municipality in British Columbia, Canada

    See also

    * Inter: pedia » Delta, British Columbia

  • Category: Category:en:Cities -


    Inter: wikipedia » lang=de


    Inter: head » de|noun|g=n
  • delta (greek letter)

  • Category: Category:de:Greek letter names -
    Translation: de » Delta
    Translation: fr » Delta
    Translation: io » Delta
    Translation: lv » Delta
    Translation: mg » Delta
    Translation: no » Delta
    Translation: pt » Delta
    Translation: sl » Delta
    Translation: sr » Delta
    Translation: zh » Delta

    DELTA at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » delta|Delta


    Inter: acrony » m

  • Category: w - :Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults|Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults, an advanced qualification to teach English, higher than the CELTA, accredited by the Category: w - :University of Cambridge|University of Cambridge.

    Related terms

    * CELTA


    * atled
    • dalet

  • dealt