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Definition of projection noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] an estimate or a statement of what figures, amounts, or events will be in the future, or what they were in the past, based on what is happening now to make forward/backward projections of population figures Sales have exceeded our projections. Calculations are based on a projection of existing trends.
  2. of image
  3. 2[uncountable, countable] the act of putting an image of something onto a surface; an image that is shown in this way the projection of three-dimensional images on a computer screen laser projections
  4. of solid shape
  5. 3[countable] (technology) a solid shape or object as represented on a flat surface map projections
  6. something that sticks out
  7. 4[countable] something that sticks out from a surface tiny projections on the cell
  8. of voice/sound
  9. 5[uncountable] the act of making your voice, a sound, etc. audible (= able to be heard) at a distance voice projection
  10. psychology
  11. 6[uncountable] the act of imagining that someone else is thinking the same as you and is reacting in the same way
  12. of thoughts/feelings
  13. 7[countable, uncountable] the act of giving a form and structure to inner thoughts and feelings The story is a projection of the writer's personal spiritual struggle.
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