diversion

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n diversion 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 diversion 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"
    • n diversion an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It's a diverse world we live in. In the U.S., football, basketball and baseball are the three most watched sports on TV. In England, the top three most viewed are soccer, Formula One auto racing and boxing. In Russia, it's soccer, ice hockey and boxing. And in China, it's soccer, table tennis and swimming.
    • Diversion 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. "Public diversions .""Such productions of wit and humor as expose vice and folly, furnish useful diversion to readers."
    • Diversion (Mil) 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.
    • Diversion 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sometime around 1050 some English boys looking for a diversion blew up an old cow bladder and began to kick it around. The new game would go on to be called soccer.
    • n diversion The act of turning aside from a course; a turning into a different direction or to a different point or destination: as, the diversion of a stream from its usual channel; the diversion of the mind from business or study, or to another object.
    • n diversion That which diverts; that which turns something from its proper or natural course or tendency; specifically, that which turns or draws the mind from care, business, or study, and thus rests and amuses; sport; play; pastime: as, the diversions of youth; works of wit and humor furnish an agreeable diversion to the studious.
    • n diversion The act of drawing the attention and force of an enemy from the point where the principal attack is to be made, as by an attack or alarm on one wing of an army when the principal attack is to be made on the other wing or the center; also, generally, any act intended to draw one's attention away from a point aimed at, or a desired object. Synonyms Amusement, Recreation, etc. (see pastime), relaxation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Diversion di-vėr′shun 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.
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Quotations

  • Joseph Addison
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    “Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.”
  • John F. Kennedy
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    “If we cannot end our differences at least we can make the world safe for diversity.”
  • Malcolm S. Forbes
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    “Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.”
  • Robert F. Kennedy
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    “Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.”
  • George Bush
    George Bush
    “I take as my guide the hope of a saint: in crucial things, unity... in important things, diversity... in all things, generosity.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “There never was in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains. The most universal quality is diversity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. diversion,. See Divert

Usage

In literature:

And the diversity of humours causeth the diversity of the eyes.
"The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher" by Anonymous
Before making the direct attack, Howard attempted a diversion by endeavoring to turn Cobb's left.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
The diversions to be made, and the large detachments necessary.
"The Art of War" by Baron Henri de Jomini
The next method therefore that I would propose to fill up our time, should be useful and innocent diversion.
"The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant" by John Hamilton Moore
The diversities are superficial, the identities are deep as life.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
Speech and conduct are but diverse expressions of the same inner life.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
The diversity of tongues and languages.
"The Divine Right of Church Government" by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London
And many other diversions, such as reading, walking, and thinking.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
Therefore diversity and order in ideas makes the life of pleasure richer and easier to lead.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
Arguments totally diverse are requisite to enlighten the mind and produce conviction of a divine mission.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
They have tried it by simple surprise evasion and by evasion through diversion or dispersal of our naval defence.
"Some Principles of Maritime Strategy" by Julian Stafford Corbett
And there were various beautiful and wonderful trees of diverse hues resounding with diverse dulcet notes.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
O Kesava, diverse are the conclusions arrived at as regards diverse matters.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
And in this yere the kyng prisoned his sone for mayntenaunce of diverses traitoures.
"A Chronicle of London from 1089 to 1483" by Anonymous
Some thought that he had become a renegade, and that as a diversion he even gave chase on the sea to the galleys from Malta.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
It is their usual diversion.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
The story of character is concerned with the infinitely diverse traits of our common human nature as manifested by the people of a story.
"The Technique of Fiction Writing" by Robert Saunders Dowst
But there is none more variable, and we have some of the most striking diversities here.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
But for a timely diversion he would so have acted.
"Aletta" by Bertram Mitford
To this point all eyes are now turned, and the deafening clamour of voices is hushed in expectation of a new diversion.
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
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In poetry:

It is the law that hand intends
Which framed diversity of sex;
The man the woman still defends,
The manly boy the girl protects.
"The Duty Of A Brother" by Charles Lamb
Men live and die, and other men
Arise with knowledges diverse:
What seemed a blessing seems a curse,
And Now is still at odds with Then.
"To E.S. Salomon" by Ambrose Bierce
Your changeless will must be
Only eternally
To live, live, and create
Yourself, insatiate,
Desirously diverse,
Careless of boon or curse.
"Idealism" by E J Rupert Atkinson
I love you so much my love—don't sing
the human heart with more truth
I love you as a friend and as a lover
in an always diverse reality
"Sonnet of a Total Love" by Vinicius de Moraes
When I was your stiddy, my loveliest Lyddy,
And you my embraceable she,
In joys and diversions, the king of the Persians
Had nothing on me.
"When Horace "Came Back"" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Tom gave a guffaw,
And Ted roared a "haw-haw";
But soon their diversion was turned into awe,
For old Schoolmaster Jones was angry, they saw.
"The Rhyme Of Triangular Tommy" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

Diversion court's 'soft, cuddly approach' attempts to keep teens from lives as hardened criminals.
A bipartisan group with links to the Republican county executive and Democratic mayor are urging voters to consider diversity in electing an Onondaga County Court judge on Nov 6.
With the US population becoming increasingly racially and ethnically diverse, having a culturally competent medical practice not only is good medicine, it could be a good marketing strategy to boost patient volume and revenues.
This family-owned shopping bazaar would be dripping with mom-and-pom-ism were it not such a culturally diverse retail experience.
The Christian Science Monitor has assembled a diverse group of food bloggers.
Diverse collection of resources, site updated often.
Finance chief and GE alum Marcia Dall says diverse experience is key to success as a CFO.
As horrific as this tragedy was, if diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse.
TALLAHASSEE – A diverse new class of lawmakers reported to work in the.
The Dead Sea Scrolls show the diversity of Jewish religious thought around the time of Jesus.
Partly Cloudy / 86° F. Andrew Gwin's illustrious and diverse tenure at Demopolis High School picked up one more accolades this week at DECA's International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.
John Buchanan on friendship at the Association of Theological Schools: "What is it about theological educators that allows them to get along with civility and respect in spite of wide theological diversity".
In materials and component testing the range of applications where extensometers are used is extremely diverse.
Bela Fleck has had one of the most diverse and interesting careers of anyone in music.
OurWeekly > education > usc-touts-diversity-incoming- freshman-class .
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In science:

We do not know if the red edge is a unique signature of plant life. Planetary diversity (i.e., planets different from Solar System planets, such as “methane planets”) has not been sufficiently explored. Also atmospheric models under unusual conditions should be investigated.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
The position of segments with respect to each other can be measured with an accuracy of a few nanometers by edge sensors located between segments, or by phase and wavelength diversity techniques.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
The first is to apply very diverse methods from different fields (algebraic, linear algebraic, combinatorial, probabilistic etc.) to construct and study pseudo-random graphs.
Pseudo-random graphs
Although the fact that G is (p, α)-jumbled carries in it a lot of diverse information on the graph, it says almost nothing (directly at least) about small subgraphs, i.e. those spanned by subsets U of size |U | = o(α/p).
Pseudo-random graphs
Moreover, by the appropriate choice of the geometrical parameters of the cavity one can excite different types of QBS (V-, W-, Π-type, for example), allowing in this way diverse device designing.
Design of switches and beam splitters using chaotic cavities
In this case, phases of gaugino masses are generally not aligned because the anomaly mediated contributions (Fφ terms) are proportional to gauge beta functions which are diverse from each other.
Bottom-Up Approach to Moduli Dynamics in Heavy Gravitino Scenario : Superpotential, Soft Terms and Sparticle Mass Spectrum
The SNfactory data set will provide a valuable resource for both quantifying SN Ia diversity and establishing the new standard reference for SNe Ia spectra.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
For the ControlTime Monte Carlo method described in Sec. 6.9, a Gaussian stretch distribution centered around 1 with a σ = 0.1 was used to model the observed diversity in SN Ia light curves.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
Taking twice this difference to represent the uncertainty in our current understanding of SN Ia diversity, the unknown variance of SN Ia light curves contributes ±0.2% to the systematic uncertainty in the rates presented here.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
Studying category-spanning SNe Ia like SN 2002cx is important in understanding the true diversity of SNe Ia.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
However, a key assumption underlying these experiments is that the current observed diversity in SNe Ia will be well-behaved and calibrated to allow for the desired precision measurements.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
Within the context of complex networks, the entropy of the degree distribution provides an average measure of network’s heterogeneity, since it measures the diversity of the link distribution .
Entropy Optimization of Scale-Free Networks Robustness to Random Failures
For the power-law degree distribution of scale-free network, the impact of diversity (long tails) is obvious, increasing the uncertainty.
Entropy Optimization of Scale-Free Networks Robustness to Random Failures
With this scatter in mind, H04 argue that simple fitting functions (such as “the” NFW halo) do not capture the full variety and diversity in shapes and slopes, and suggest that this may partly explain the discrepancy between observations and simulations.
Halo Mass Profiles and Low Surface Brightness Galaxies Rotation Curves
It has found applications in diverse areas ever since Einstein’s study of the Brownian motion.
On Random Walks with a General Moving Barrier
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