Definition of projection noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prəˈdʒekʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈdʒekʃn//
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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. See related entries: Running a business
  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] (specialist) 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 somebody 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 idea of God is a projection of humans' need to have something greater than themselves.
  14. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in sense (3)): from Latin projectio(n-), from proicere ‘throw forth’, from pro- ‘forth’ + jacere ‘to throw’.Extra examples On current projections, there will be more than fifty million people over 65 in 2020. The council has revised its projections of funding requirements upwards. The divisions revenue projection is based on net customer growth. They presented profit projections for the rest of the year. We have been making forward projections as to future profitability of the firm. We revised our projections of funding requirements upwards/​upward. Calculations are based on a projection of existing trends.
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