What does diversion mean?

Definitions for diversion
dɪˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən, daɪ-di·ver·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diversion, recreationnoun

    an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates

    "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"

  2. 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"

  3. diversion, diversionary attacknoun

    an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack


  1. diversionnoun

    A tactic used to draw attention away from the real threat or action.

  2. diversionnoun

    A hobby; an activity that distracts the mind.

  3. diversionnoun

    The act of diverting.

  4. diversionnoun

    Removal of water via a canal.

  5. diversionnoun

    A detour, such as during road construction

  6. diversionnoun

    The rerouting of cargo or passengers to a new transshipment point or destination, or to a different mode of transportation before arrival at the ultimate destination.

  7. diversionnoun

    Officially halting or suspending a formal criminal or juvenile justice proceeding and referral of the accused person to a treatment or care program.

  8. Etymology: From diversion, from diversio, from divertere, past participle diversus; see divert.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Diversionnoun

    Etymology: from divert.

    Cutting off the tops, and pulling off the buds, work retention of the sap for a time, and diversion of it to the sprouts that were not forward. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Fortunes, honour, friends,
    Are mere diversions from love’s proper object,
    Which only is itself. John Denham, Sophy.

    You for those ends whole days in council sit,
    And the diversions of your youth forget. Edmund Waller.

    In the book of games and diversions the reader’s mind may be supposed to be relaxed. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Such productions of wit and humour as expose vice and folly, furnish useful diversions to readers. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diversionnoun

    the act of turning aside from any course, occupation, or object; as, the diversion of a stream from its channel; diversion of the mind from business

  2. Diversionnoun

    that which diverts; that which turns or draws the mind from care or study, and thus relaxes and amuses; sport; play; pastime; as, the diversions of youth

  3. Diversionnoun

    the act of drawing the attention and force of an enemy from the point where the principal attack is to be made; the attack, alarm, or feint which diverts

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Diversion

    di-vėr′shun, n. act of diverting or turning aside: that which diverts: amusement, recreation: something done to turn the attention of an enemy from the principal point of attack.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. diversion

    1. The act of drawing the attention and forces of an enemy from the point of the principal operation; an attack, alarm, or feint that diverts attention. 2. A change made in a prescribed route for operational or tactical reasons. A diversion order will not constitute a change of destination. 3. A rerouting of cargo or passengers to a new transshipment point or destination or on a different mode of transportation prior to arrival at ultimate destination. 4. In naval mine warfare, a route or channel bypassing a dangerous area. A diversion may connect one channel to another or it may branch from a channel and rejoin it on the other side of the danger. See also demonstration.


  1. Diversion

    Diversion was formed in early 2010 with a clear goal to provide a necessary fusion between the entertainment industry and the current social gaming renaissance.The founders are all highly seasoned experts in gaming, web development, digital marketing and entertainment and are setting out in this space with two key differentiators:Provide users with real-world entertainment tie-in opportunities and experiences. Use of gaming expertise to create a more enjoyable and fulfilling social gaming experience.Diversion, Inc. is currently developing a game called FameTown, which is modeled after games like FarmVille and Mafia Wars and will be released Nov. 1, 2010.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. diversion

    A manœuvre to attract, wholly or partially, the enemy's attention away from some other part of the operations.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. diversion

    An attack upon an enemy in a place where he is weak and unprovided, in order to draw off his forces from making an irruption elsewhere; or a manœuvre, where an enemy is strong, which obliges him to detach part of his forces to resist any feint or menacing attempt of his opponent.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of diversion in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of diversion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of diversion in a Sentence

  1. Caitlin McAleese:

    The pair were initially separated for the safety of the flight before the pilot made the diversion to Portugal. Some of the children had got a bit upset, there were two crying children. I felt very intimidated. I was scared of the potential of the gentleman.

  2. Phil Jordan:

    One of the most intelligent traffickers has been Chapo, his son is not the brightest star on the Christmas tree. The best recorded intelligence on the son is that he doesn't have his father's intelligence. But I caution this could be a diversion to throw off authorities.

  3. Adam Smith:

    People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.

  4. Nitesh Paryani:

    What we are seeing is just a tremendous amount of patients coming in. The other day, our emergency room had a 12-hour wait. Almost every hospital in the city is on diversion, meaning they don't have room to take transfer patients, patients who need complex care simply can't access it. This kind of strain is something we've never seen before.

  5. The DEA:

    We are trying to meet the legitimate medical need while balancing the amount of material manufactured because the excess material can ultimately lead to diversion.

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  • تحويلArabic
  • отклоняване, развлечение, отклонение, отвличанеBulgarian
  • rozptýlení, zábavaCzech
  • omdirigeringDanish
  • Zerstreuung, Umleitung, Unterhaltung, Ablenkung, EntwässerungGerman
  • διασκέδαση, παράκαμψη, αντιπερισπασμός, αναψυχή, εκτροπήGreek
  • distracción, desviaciónSpanish
  • انحرافPersian
  • kiertotie, harrastus, harhautusFinnish
  • diversionFrench
  • malairt slí, athbhealachIrish
  • הסחהHebrew
  • elterelésHungarian
  • diversione, diversivo, svagoItalian
  • afleidingsmanoeuvreDutch
  • objazd, dywersjaPolish
  • diversãoPortuguese
  • объезд, развлечение, отвлечение, отвод, отклонение, отвлекающий манёврRussian
  • förströelse, avledningsmanöver, tidsfördrivSwedish
  • திசைTamil
  • saptırmaTurkish
  • chuyển hướngVietnamese

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    the state of being polluted
    • A. instigation
    • B. defilement
    • C. subrogation
    • D. scalawag

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