Meaning of delta

del•ta

Pronunciation: (del'tu), [key]
— n.
  1. the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet (&Dgr;, &dgr;).
  2. the consonant sound represented by this letter.
  3. the fourth in a series of items.
  4. anything triangular, like the Greek capital delta (&Dgr;).
  5. an incremental change in a variable, as &Dgr; or &dgr;.
  6. a nearly flat plain of alluvial deposit between diverging branches of the mouth of a river, often, though not necessarily, triangular: the Nile delta.
  7. (usually cap.) a word used in communications to represent the letter D.
  8. (cap.)a star that is usually the fourth brightest of a constellation: The fourth brightest star in the Southern Cross is Delta Crucis.

Del•ta

Pronunciation: (del'tu), [key]
— n. Mil.
  1. the NATO name for a class of Soviet nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine armed with 16 multi-warhead missiles.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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