Definitions for: Delta


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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
Nile.]
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.


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.

See Also: alphabetic character, formation, geological formation, geology, Greek alphabet, letter, letter of the alphabet

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