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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 Nile.]

  1. The fourth letter of the Greek alphabet ([Delta] [delta]), corresponding to D. Hence, an object having the shape of the capital [Delta].

  2. 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.

  3. (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.


n. (plural of delta English)

Usage examples of "deltas".

Why go to the trouble of making it psychologically impossible for Deltas to like flowers?

Not so very long ago (a century or thereabouts), Gammas, Deltas, even Epsilons, had been conditioned to like flowers–flowers in particular and wild nature in general.

For Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons had been to some extent conditioned to associate corporeal mass with social superiority.

In tears, the Deltas were kissing and hugging one another–half a dozen twins at a time in a comprehensive embrace.

None of the Deltas had an internal hyperdrive, but TransGalMeg Industries made a hyperdrive ring for it to dock into.

Outside the hangar, in the gulf of the docks, a squad of black deltas was silently hovering.

Sleek and impressive as the deltas were, they were not equipped to go much beyond the atmospheric envelope of Plenty.

Some Rangers were among their trainers but also former Deltas, SEALS and SAS.

The Ranger medics were 18 Deltas, trained at the Special Forces Medic School at Ft.

Inevitably, shock waves from airbursts blew seven of our fifteen deltas out of the skies over Chukchi.

If I’m lucky, the me who isn’t in here will be able to take care of business within the next hundred megs, and when I come out and we merge our deltas I’ll be home free and rich.

So it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise when I receive a summons to headquarters, combined with orders to converge my deltas and revert to orthohuman skin before transit.