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Definitions for deflection
dɪˈflɛk ʃənde·flec·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deflection, warpnoun

    a twist or aberration; especially a perverse or abnormal way of judging or acting

  2. deflection, deflexion, refractionnoun

    the amount by which a propagating wave is bent

  3. deflection, deflexionnoun

    the movement of the pointer or pen of a measuring instrument from its zero position

  4. deflection, deflexion, bendingnoun

    the property of being bent or deflected

  5. diversion, deviation, digression, deflection, deflexion, divagationnoun

    a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)

    "a diversion from the main highway"; "a digression into irrelevant details"; "a deflection from his goal"


  1. deflectionnoun

    The act of deflecting or something deflected.

  2. deflectionnoun

    The deviation of a needle or other indicator from its previous position.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Deflectionnoun

    Etymology: from deflecto, Latin.

    Needles incline to the South on the other side of the Equator; and, at the very line or middle circle, stand without deflection. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. 2. c. 2.


  1. deflection

    Deflection is the degree to which an object, structure, or surface changes its shape, position, or path when it is subjected to an external force, pressure, or load. It is the deviation or displacement from its original or intended position.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deflectionnoun

    the act of turning aside, or state of being turned aside; a turning from a right line or proper course; a bending, esp. downward; deviation

  2. Deflectionnoun

    the deviation of a shot or ball from its true course

  3. Deflectionnoun

    a deviation of the rays of light toward the surface of an opaque body; inflection; diffraction

  4. Deflectionnoun

    the bending which a beam or girder undergoes from its own weight or by reason of a load

  5. Etymology: [L. deflexio, fr. deflectere: cf. F. dflexion.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Deflection

    In magnetism the movement out of the plane of the magnetic meridian of a magnetic needle, due to disturbance by or attraction towards a mass of iron or another magnet.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. deflection

    The tendency of a ship from her true course; the departure of the magnetic needle from its true bearing, when influenced by iron or the local attraction of the mass. In artillery, the deviation of a shot from the direction in which it is fired. The term is usually reserved to lateral deviations, especially those resulting from irregular causes--those constant ones due to the regular motion of rifled projectiles coming under either of the designations "constant deflection," "derivation," borrowed from the French, or "drift," from the Americans. These latter, according to the direction usually given to the rifling in the present day, all tend away to the right, though they include some subordinate curves not yet distinctly determined.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deflection in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deflection in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of deflection in a Sentence

  1. George Takei:

    Men who improperly harass or assault do not do so because they are gay or straight -- that is a deflection, they do so because they have the power, and they chose to abuse it. Brunton told The Hollywood Reporter that he doesn’t.

  2. Reed Galen:

    No small amount of irony that a man uses his own donors' money to enrich himself and his family accuses others of the same. Deflection is his stock and trade.

  3. Kailash Sahu:

    It's like trying to measure the tiny motion of a firefly next to a bright light bulb, we had to meticulously subtract the light of the nearby bright star to precisely measure the deflection of the faint source.

  4. Antony Blinken:

    Iran that has decisions to make fundamental decisions to make about whether The Iranians too wants to return to compliance, and there is no amount of deflection that can change that, that basic fact, the ball remains in Iran's court, we will see if they are prepared to make the decisions necessary to come back into compliance.

  5. Tom Statler:

    Astronomers will be able to compare observations from Earth-based telescopes before and after DART's kinetic impact to determine how much the orbital period of Dimorphos changed, that's the key measurement that will tell us how the asteroid responded to our deflection effort.

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