• WordNet 3.6
    • n deflection 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 deflection the property of being bent or deflected
    • n deflection the movement of the pointer or pen of a measuring instrument from its zero position
    • n deflection the amount by which a propagating wave is bent
    • n deflection a twist or aberration; especially a perverse or abnormal way of judging or acting
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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.
    • Deflection (Opt) A deviation of the rays of light toward the surface of an opaque body; inflection; diffraction.
    • Deflection The act of turning aside, or state of being turned aside; a turning from a right line or proper course; a bending, esp. downward; deviation. "The other leads to the same point, through certain deflections ."
    • Deflection (Engin) The bending which a beam or girder undergoes from its own weight or by reason of a load.
    • Deflection (Gunnery) The deviation of a shot or ball from its true course.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deflection The act of turning or the state of being turned aside from a straight line or course; a turning from a true line or the regular course; deviation.
    • n deflection Figuratively, deviation from the right, regular, or expected course of action or thought; aberration.
    • n deflection Specifically Nautical, the deviation of a ship from her true course in sailing.
    • n deflection In optics, a deviation of the rays of light toward the surface of an opaque body; inflection. See diffraction.
    • n deflection In electricity, the deviation or swing of a magnetic needle from the zero of its position: often measured in degrees.
    • n deflection In mathematics: The distance by which a curve departs from another curve, or from a straight line.
    • n deflection Any effect either of curvature or of discontinuous change of direction.
    • n deflection In mech., the bending of material under a transverse strain, as of a beam under the weight of a load.
    • n deflection In entomology: The state of being bent downward: as, a deflection of the side of the pronotum.
    • n deflection A deflected part or margin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Deflection deviation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. deflexio, fr. deflectere,: cf. F. déflexion,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. de, from, and flectĕre, flexum, to bend, turn.


In literature:

Deflection and Elevation Correction Drills.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
The deflecting rudder also aided greatly in this movement.
"Under the Ocean to the South Pole" by Roy Rockwood
The regular course of trade is apt to be deflected by famines in India or Japan.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
This treatment served to deflect the line a little; yet, try as he would, Tad seemed unable to turn the bunch toward home.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Texas" by Frank Gee Patchin
Hate and fear are iron ore in our life's vessel, it deflects the compass and prevents our holding to the course.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
His bias deflects their actions.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
Of not less grave import was the deflection from the lofty moral standard of the fathers.
"A History of American Christianity" by Leonard Woolsey Bacon
When a magnetic field is applied, however, the rays are deflected, as shown in the lower diagram.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
Half the light is deflected on this screen, with a delicate photo-electric cell at its center.
"Out Around Rigel" by Robert H. Wilson
Even those lenses wouldn't deflect them if they weren't solid fields of force.
"Spacehounds of IPC" by Edward Elmer Smith

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:

Broncos' David Bruton makes preparation pay off with deflected punt.
Barry Cofield leads the league in deflected passes by linemen.
Poll Shows Obama Deflected Recent Attacks.
Rodriguez Hit in Cheek by Deflected Throw.
'Immaculate deflection ' lives on in Broncos-Bengals lore.
Stokley, Broncos return to scene of the Immaculate Deflection in 2009.
Eriez High Deflection (HD) series feeders handle products that normally can't be fed successfully onto an electromagnetic feeder.
Jimmy Carter deflects praise for post-presidency work, says he's just a ' traveling salesman '.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke this week deflected questions as to whether he would continue to use Denard Robinson on kickoff returns.
The fixed louvers on the corner window are angled to deflect the sun at its hottest.
MIT grad student Sung Wook Paek suggests we can deflect killer asteroids with paintball .
The Devils successfully killed the four-minute penalty , and then Fedor Tyutin promptly slapped a shot that Chris Drury deflected past Brodeur for a 3-2 Rangers lead.
Despite his success in every phase of the game, Young is an unselfish player and is quick to deflect any praise to his teammates and coaches.
With sound research, we may be able to deflect some of the unnecessary food safety requirements that retailers impose.
In his options for scrapping the rescued mortgage companies, Obama deflects political heat--with some risk.

In science:

The interaction of the electron and positron beams at the IP causes a beam deflection that is related to the beam offset.
Active Vibration Suppression R&D for the NLC
In case of the background Minkowsky metric and linear approximation to the Schwartzshild metric as a perturbation, Eq. (8) yields the well-known relation for deflection angle and gravitational time delay.
Non-metric Generalizations of Relativistic Gravitational Theory and Observational Data Interpretation
Ellenbogen, T., Ganany- Padowicz, A., & Arie, A., Nonlinear photonic structures for all-optical deflection Optics Express 16, 3077-3082 (2008).
Non-reciprocal second harmonic generation in ferroelectric photonic structures
Due to the positive charge at the center of the channel, positively charged ions are deflected.
Nano-Biotechnology: Structure and Dynamics of Nanoscale Biosystems
Like its predecessor for the static gravitational field from 1911-1912, the "Entwurf " theory predicted the same value for the deflection of light in a gravitational field of the sun, 0.83 seconds of arc.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity