deflexion

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n deflexion 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"
    • n deflexion the property of being bent or deflected
    • n deflexion the movement of the pointer or pen of a measuring instrument from its zero position
    • n deflexion the amount by which a propagating wave is bent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Deflexion See Deflection.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deflexion See deflection.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Deflexion deviation
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. de, from, and flectĕre, flexum, to bend, turn.

Usage

In literature:

At ze moment of ze deflexion of monsieur le gouverneur zare was not ze time.
"A Gentleman Vagabond and Some Others" by F. Hopkinson Smith
In Azaleas a curious deflexion of the parts of the flower may occasionally be met with.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
A method of measuring the deflexion by means of a mirror scale and telescope was introduced by K.F.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 4" by Various
That is the North on this, the South on the other side of the Equator; and at the very Line or middle circle stand without deflexion.
"The Works of Sir Thomas Browne (Volume 1 of 3)" by Thomas Browne
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In poetry:

Not while the coil in spinning sleeps,
On her smooth axle swift and steady;
But when against the stops she sweeps,
To watch the light-spot then be ready,
That you may learn from its deflexion
The electric current’s true direction.
"Answer To Tait" by James Clerk Maxwell