Aberration may refer to:

In optics and physics:

  • Optical aberration, an imperfection in image formation by an optical system
    • Spherical aberration, which occurs when light rays strike a lens or mirror near its edge
    • Chromatic aberration, caused by differences in refractive index for different wavelengths of light
    • Defocus aberration, which occurs when a system is out of focus
  • Aberration of light, which produces an apparent motion of celestial objects
  • Relativistic aberration, at high velocities

In genetics:

  • Chromosome abnormality, or aberration, a disruption in the normal chromosomal content of a cell

In entertainment:

  • Aberration (Dungeons & Dragons), a creature type in the role-playing game
  • Aberration (film), a horror movie
  • Aberration (EP)

Famous quotes containing the word aberration:

    The era of the political was one of anomie: crisis, violence, madness and revolution. The era of the transpolitical is that of anomaly: an aberration of no consequence, contemporaneous with the event of no consequence.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929)