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(obsolete, Ptolemaic astronomy) An imaginary circle surrounding the Earth, in whose periphery either the heavenly body or the centre of the heavenly body's epicycle was supposed to be carried round.
Middle English defferent from Latin dēferēns dēferent- present participle of dēferre to carry away defer2
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From French déférent, from Latin dēferēns, dēferentis.
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