When you push something away from a central structure, that's called projection. If you predict that the Jets will win tomorrow's game, that's a projection, too — you're pushing your mind away from the present and into the future.

The Jets and projection actually have a common linguistic ancestor. Both the ject in projection and the word jet come from the Latin root jactus, which means "throw." A jet plane throws itself — or projects itself — away from a central structure (the Earth) and into the air.

Primary Meanings of projection

the act of expelling or projecting or ejecting
a prediction made by extrapolating from past observations
the representation of a figure or solid on a plane as it would look from a particular direction
a planned undertaking
(psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your own traits and emotions are attributed to someone else
the acoustic phenomenon that gives sound a penetrating quality
Full Definitions of projection

n the act of expelling or projecting or ejecting

ejection, expulsion, forcing out
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belch, belching, burp, burping, eructation
a reflex that expels gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth
the forceful expulsion of something from inside
coughing up
the act of expelling (food or phlegm) by coughing
expectoration, spit, spitting
the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva)
disgorgement, emesis, regurgitation, vomit, vomiting
the reflex act of ejecting the contents of the stomach through the mouth
regurgitation of small amounts of food; seen in some infants after feeding
haematemesis, hematemesis
vomiting blood
severe and excessive vomiting
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actuation, propulsion
the act of propelling

n the act of projecting out from something

jut, jutting, protrusion
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change of shape
an action that changes the shape of something

n any structure that branches out from a central support

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arm, branch, limb
any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm
a circular projection that sticks outward from the crown of a hat
rough projection left on a workpiece after drilling or cutting
a metal or leather projection (as from the sole of a shoe); prevents slipping
the topmost projecting part of an entablature
drip, drip mold, drip mould
(architecture) a projection from a cornice or sill designed to protect the area below from rainwater (as over a window or doorway)
flange, rim
a projection used for strength or for attaching to another object
flue, fluke
flat bladelike projection on the arm of an anchor
a projection out from one end
boss, knob
a circular rounded projection or protuberance
a rounded projection that is part of a larger structure
a projecting piece that is used to lift or support or turn something
projection that extends beyond or hangs over something else
a pointed projection
a sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall (or a dinosaur)
a projection at the end of a piece of wood that is shaped to fit into a mortise and form a mortise joint
something resembling the tooth of an animal
one of a number of uniform projections on a gear
bill, eyeshade, peak, visor, vizor
a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes
calk, calkin
a metal cleat on the bottom front of a horseshoe to prevent slipping
cog, sprocket
tooth on the rim of gear wheel
dripstone, hoodmold, hoodmould
a protective drip that is made of stone
the overhang at the lower edge of a roof
an overhang consisting of the fan-shaped part of the deck extending aft of the sternpost of a ship
a small knob
flattened boss on the end of nail opposite to the point
the head of a pin
snap brim
a brim that can be turned up and down on opposite sides
prong on a fork or pitchfork or antler
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construction, structure
a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

n any solid convex shape that juts out from something

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(military) the part of the line of battle that projects closest to the enemy
a sharp projection on an edge or surface
bulge, bump, excrescence, extrusion, gibbosity, gibbousness, hump, jut, prominence, protrusion, protuberance, swelling
something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings
acantha, spine, spur
any sharply pointed projection
tail, tail end
any projection that resembles the tail of an animal
knife, tongue
any long thin projection that is transient
a projection or ridge that suggests a keel
frontal eminence
either prominence of the frontal bone above each orbit
occipital protuberance
prominence on the outer surface of the occipital bone
a part that bulges deeply
a headlike protuberance on an organ or structure
a bump on a ski slope
nub, nubble
a small lump or protuberance
a sharp protuberance
any small rounded protuberance (as on certain plants or animals)
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convex shape, convexity
a shape that curves or bulges outward

n a prediction made by extrapolating from past observations

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anticipation, prediction, prevision
the act of predicting (as by reasoning about the future)

n the representation of a figure or solid on a plane as it would look from a particular direction

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map projection
a projection of the globe onto a flat map using a grid of lines of latitude and longitude
conformal projection, orthomorphic projection
a map projection in which a small area is rendered in its true shape
conic projection, conical projection
a map projection of the globe onto a cone with its point over one of the earth's poles
equal-area map projection, equal-area projection
a map projection in which quadrilaterals formed by meridians and parallels have an area on the map proportional to their area on the globe
Mercator projection, Mercator's projection
a map projection of the earth onto a cylinder; areas appear greater the farther they are from the equator
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a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something

n the projection of an image from a film onto a screen

Type of:
visual communication
communication that relies on vision

n a planned undertaking

cash cow, money-spinner, moneymaker
a project that generates a continuous flow of money
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plan, program, programme
a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished

n (psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your own traits and emotions are attributed to someone else

Type of:
defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction
(psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires

n the acoustic phenomenon that gives sound a penetrating quality

“our ukuleles have been designed to have superior sound and projection
“a prime ingredient of public speaking is projection of the voice”
acoustic projection, sound projection
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acoustic phenomenon
a physical phenomenon associated with the production or transmission of sound

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