Definitions for "Deferent"
An imaginary circle surrounding the earth, in whose periphery either the heavenly body or the center of the heavenly body's epicycle was supposed to be carried round.
In the Ptolemaic system, the large circle centered on the Earth upon which circumference the center of a smaller circle (epicycle) revolves; the planet moves on the epicycle.
A construct of the geocentric model of the solar system which was needed to explain observed planetary motions. A deferent is a large circle encircling the Earth, on which an epicycle moves.
Keywords:  carry, conveys, bearing, serving
Serving to carry; bearing.
That which carries or conveys.
Keywords:  showing
showing deference