• WordNet 3.6
    • adj deflective capable of changing the direction (of a light or sound wave)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: General Henry Heth (1825-1888) leading a confederate division in the Battle of Gettysburg, was hit in the head by a Union bullet, but his life was saved because he was wearing a hat two sizes too large, with newspaper folded inside the sweatband. The paper deflected the bullet, and the general, unconscious for 30 hours, recovered and lived another 25 years.
    • a Deflective Causing deflection.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deflective Causing deflection or deviation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Deflective causing deflection
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. de, from, and flectĕre, flexum, to bend, turn.


In literature:

There were no conspicuous deflections from the adequate standard.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
In the northern hemisphere it is north-east deflected to east as it approaches the southern trades.
"Outlines of a Mechanical Theory of Storms" by T. Bassnett
They heard the deflected bullet go whining away.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
Why did he not try to deflect it, or to check it?
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
Here was the spot to deflect the waters before they sped on down over the steep fall.
"The Short Cut" by Jackson Gregory
At just the right moment the stream was deflected to the next platform, and so on until all four trains were filled.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
Near the end of the day we were again deflected to the west some distance by an open lead.
"The North Pole" by Robert E. Peary
A current of 10^{-9} ampere produces a deflection of 1 mm.
"Response in the Living and Non-Living" by Jagadis Chunder Bose
As soon as he knew he was safely out of sight and hearing, he deflected toward the corral.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
A magnetic, deflecting, invisible cloak.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings

In poetry:

When the restless river of time loved to linger;
Ere flesh felt the quiver of death's dissolving finger;
When man's intuition led without deflection,
To a sure fruition, and a full perfection.
"A Pagan Reverie" by Frances Fuller Victor
The stopped horse on his chromium pole
Stares through us; his hooves chew the breeze.
Your shirt of crisp linen
Bloats like a spinnaker. Hat brims
Deflect the watery dazzle; the people idle
As if in hospital.
"Whitsun" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Upheavals don't deflect graduate from her goals.
Suppliers Deflect Showtime Rent Uptick.
Using `tautophrases' to duck and deflect .
Team officials deflect criticism, remain optimistic.
Clinton Meets With Jewish Group to Deflect Criticism Over Trip to Israel.
Deflectable Tip Video Laparoscope.
Olympus America Inc. A deflectable video laparoscope provides the maneuverability and access required for laparo-endoscopic single-site surgery.
The LTF-VH deflectable HD video laparoscope represents a significant breakthrough in imaging quality by upgrading the distally mounted video chip to HD and combining it with an advanced flexible tip design.
Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau deflects praise from his top-rated unit.
In Asia, Europe Leaders Seek to Deflect Heat.
Orioles' right field er Tony Tarasco stretches for the ball as young Yankee fan Jeffrey Maier deflects it during Game 1 of the ALCS against the New York Yankees in 1996.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government may well be keen to demonstrate its strength in the face of western challenges and to deflect attention from Iran's economic problems ahead of parliamentary elections in March.
Imagine a world where microwave beams, a biodegradable oil slick or a shower of silver iodide from a plane would be enough to weaken or deflect a hurricane, saving thousands of lives.
When the length and stiffness of a workpiece make it difficult to machine without distorting or deflecting the part, many manufacturers turn to the steady rest as a workpiece support device.
MOUNT HOLLY — The felony murder trial of two Philadelphia men charged in the 2009 killing of a woman in Mansfield began Tuesday with defense attorneys deflecting blame toward other defendants in the case.

In science:

Thus, we may use the classical well-known beam equation for deflection provided the rigidity (or in effect the elastic modulus) is renormalized according to Equation (38).
Erratum: Size-dependent piezoelectricity and elasticity in nanostructures due to the flexoelectric effect[PHYSICAL REVIEW B 77, 125424 (2008)]
We used static and dynamic FE analysis to model the load-deflection and vibration behaviour of cylindrical pillars with non-uniform diameter.
Dose and energy dependence of mechanical properties of focused electron beam induced pillar deposits from Cu(C5HF6O2)2
F is the force component acting perpendicular to the sample axis. kr and kd are the force constants and ∆zr, ∆zd the deflections of the reference cantilever and the sample, respectively.
Dose and energy dependence of mechanical properties of focused electron beam induced pillar deposits from Cu(C5HF6O2)2
This k-matching is required since the measurement accuracy decreases if either the sample or the reference cantilever deflects only marginally upon loading .
Dose and energy dependence of mechanical properties of focused electron beam induced pillar deposits from Cu(C5HF6O2)2
A bending test on one of the pillars is shown in figure 2 (b) and (c). Generally, pushing the sample against the force sensor (+∆z direction) deflected both the pillar and the cantilever. In all experiments the deflection ∆zd was kept <10% of the pillar length.
Dose and energy dependence of mechanical properties of focused electron beam induced pillar deposits from Cu(C5HF6O2)2