• WordNet 3.6
    • v deflect impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball) "block an attack"
    • v deflect draw someone's attention away from something "The thief distracted the bystanders","He deflected his competitors"
    • v deflect turn aside and away from an initial or intended course
    • v deflect turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest
    • v deflect prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening "Let's avoid a confrontation","head off a confrontation","avert a strike"
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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.
    • v. t deflect To cause to turn aside; to bend; as, rays of light are often deflected; to deflect a punch; to deflect criticism by acknowledging a mistake. "Sitting with their knees deflected under them."
    • v. i Deflect To turn aside; to deviate from a right or a horizontal line, or from a proper position, course or direction; to swerve. "At some part of the Azores, the needle deflecteth not, but lieth in the true meridian.""To deflect from the line of truth and reason."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deflect To cause to turn aside; turn or bend from a right line or a regular course.
    • deflect To turn away or aside; deviate from a true course or a right line; swerve.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i., v.t Deflect de-flekt′ to turn aside: to swerve or deviate from a right line or proper course
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. deflectere,; de-, + flectere, to bend or turn. See Flexible
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. de, from, and flectĕre, flexum, to bend, turn.


In literature:

It would not be deflected; its whole force would be expended there.
"The Monitor and the Merrimac" by J. L. Worden et al.
That rebuke of Barber's seemed to deflect Cis's interest from the rooms to herself.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
That great love wraps us all, is older than our sins, and is not deflected by them.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The carpenter had reported all sound, with no iron out of place to deflect the needle.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
The actual result was that one of the torpedoes deflected from its course, hit the other one and both exploded.
"The World Peril of 1910" by George Griffith
Interest may be deflected in any direction.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
There was no chance to make a deflection to the right or left to shun a quagmire, right ahead being the only chance.
"History of the Eighty-sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, during its term of service" by John R. Kinnear
Frank managed to deflect the automatic's muzzle from himself.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
But Garth was in no temper to be deflected by a mystery.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
A powerful discharge of the fish caused a deflection of thirty or forty degrees.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various

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:

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, left, deflects a puck as St Louis Blues' Alexander Steen , right, looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011, in St Louis.
On Tuesday, the 'God Gave Me You' singer tweeted about big news, but deflected any guesses and assured fans that wife Miranda Lambert is not pregnant.
A New York City man dubbed the Bouquet Bandit has pleaded guilty to robbing two banks while using plants as props to deflect suspicion.
Each team missed its next two shots and Turner deflected away an inbound pass with 3 seconds left to send it to overtime.
Director Peter Ramsey deflects the comparison — but not the responsibility.
Lincoln Adviser Deflected Assassin's Dagger .
Newly divorced and newly hired as an assistant district attorney, Paul is closeted and spends his days deflecting a secretary's attention and pressure to date from his boss.
Multi-Axis Vise for Decreasing Stationary Jaw Deflection.
Dike 's initial shot was saved by Busch, but it deflected off him out towards Dike , and the Timbers' forward tapped it past Busch for his fifth goal of the season.
Deflecting some of the heat the Romney campaign has aimed at President Obama and Joe Biden for the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claimed responsibility for the security of US diplomats.
Despite attempts by Israel's critics to deflect responsibility for the violence of the last week, there's no question that the conflict along the border between Israel and Gaza is exclusively the fault of Hamas.
See her deflect like none other.
A hopeless new strategy for Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann emerges in this video interview from CNN: deflect, deflect, deflect.
Thermo cup saves day, deflects foul ball back onto playing field.
Deflecting the Male Gaze .

In science:

Mercury, can, however, adequately account for this deflection of light rays, as discussed in Juame Giné’s paper .
Some Comments on the Tests of General Relativity
We may mention Mercury’s perihelion precession, the oblateness of the Solar disk, the relativistic light deflection, the lunar geodetic precession, and the LenseThirring precession among others.
Practical cosmology and cosmological physics
New astronomical issues that need be discussed include testing general relativity in the gravitational field of the Moon with special cosmic missions and the measurement of the deflection of light from Jupiter.
Practical cosmology and cosmological physics
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