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delta

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1  —as in:
river delta
Definition a typically triangular area with sand or soil where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
  • The delta has rich soil, but is subject to flooding.
delta = geological area where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We explored the Mississippi River delta.
  • delta = geological area where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
  • Now, for example, I would be reassuring the Pharaoh that the flood was a gift from the gods, that once it receded, the rich black earth of the delta would bring forth abundant grain.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • delta = geographic area where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
  • Our landing site is at the delta of a long-gone river.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • delta = where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
  • Instead, it destroys the fertile Nile Delta, produces parasitic infestation, and wrecks the Egyptian economy.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • delta = named for the geological feature where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
  • They'd flown over the southern jungles, above the weed-wild shouting leaves and rice paddies of the deltas.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • deltas = geological areas where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
  • And so, in the spring of 1931, Papa set out looking for work, going as far north as Memphis and as far south as the Delta country.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • delta = named for the geological feature where a river divides before entering the ocean
  • EXCEPT PERHAPS in the sandy deltas that usher them into the Adriatic, the Isonzo and its spurs are seldom warm, especially in the north, where the water still carries a feeling for its origins in mountain snows, but September holds the heat of summer as surely as March preserves the ice on lakes.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • deltas = geological areas where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
  • ...his vast plantation in the Mekong delta.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • delta = where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
  • It's gonna be real hard 'cause ever since she was a wee bitty girl down in the Delta she wanted to be a teacher.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
delta = named for the geological feature where a river divides before entering the ocean

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2  —as in:
delta wing aircraft
Definition the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet; or an object shaped like its capital form (like an equilateral triangle)
  • The Delta Delta Delta sorority was founded in 1888 at Boston University.
delta = 4th letter of the Greek alphabet (shaped like a triangle)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The delta symbol is often used in equations to indicate change.
  • delta = 4th letter of the Greek alphabet (shaped like a triangle)
  • The aircraft uses a delta wing configuration.
  • delta = shaped like the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet (a triangle)
  • The brain oscillations are named alpha, beta, gamma, delta, and theta.
  • delta = 4th letter of the Greek alphabet (shaped like a triangle)
  • He was simply 'Delta' to me.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • delta = 4th letter of the Greek alphabet (used as a designation)
  • The jet loomed ... a white bullet-like machine with short delta wings sweeping back from the fuselage, giving it the appearance of an angry flying insect.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • delta = shaped like an equilateral triangle (or like the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet)
  • Alpha, Bravo, Cain, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • delta = 4th letter of the Greek alphabet
  • " 'Alpha, Bravo, Charlie ... Delta,' " said Bergeron pensively in English.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • delta = 4th letter of the Greek alphabet
  • It's called a delta.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • delta = 4th letter of the Greek alphabet (shaped like an equilateral triangle)
  • Truly we are a nation of aspiring engineers: shortly after, there was a boy named Omprakash who was calling himself Omega, and another who was passing himself off as Upsilon, and for a while there was a Gamma, a Lambda and a Delta.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
delta = 4th letter of the Greek alphabet

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