• WordNet 3.6
    • v divert send on a course or in a direction different from the planned or intended one
    • v divert turn aside; turn away from
    • v divert withdraw (money) and move into a different location, often secretly and with dishonest intentions
    • v divert occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion "The play amused the ladies"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Divert To turn aside; to digress. "I diverted to see one of the prince's palaces."
    • Divert To turn aside; to turn off from any course or intended application; to deflect; as, to divert a river from its channel; to divert commerce from its usual course. "That crude apple that diverted Eve."
    • Divert To turn away from any occupation, business, or study; to cause to have lively and agreeable sensations; to amuse; to entertain; as, children are diverted with sports; men are diverted with works of wit and humor. "We are amused by a tale, diverted by a comedy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • divert To turn aside or away; change the direction or course of; cause to move or act in a different line or manner: as, to divert a stream from its bed; to divert the mind from its troubles; he was diverted from his purpose.
    • divert To turn to a different point or end; change the aim or destination of; draw to another course, purpose, or destiny.
    • divert To turn from customary or serious occupation; furnish diversion to; amuse; entertain.
    • divert To subvert; destroy.
    • divert Synonyms To draw away. See absent, a.
    • divert Amuse, Divert, Entertain, etc. (see amuse); to delight, exhilarate.
    • divert To turn aside; turn out of one's way; digress.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Divert di-vėrt′ to turn aside: to change the direction of: to turn the mind from business or study: to amuse
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  • Phaedrus
    “The mind ought sometimes to be diverted, that it may return the better to thinking.”
  • Anita Brookner
    “Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence -- a lot passes you by -- simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.”
  • James Allen
    “It is a process of diverting one's scattered forces into one powerful channel.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till grief be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Melancholy, indeed, should be diverted by every means but drinking.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. divertir, fr. L. divertere, diversum, to go different ways, turn aside; di- = dis-, + vertere, to turn. See Verse, and cf. Divorce
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. divertĕre, diversumdis, aside, vertĕre, to turn.


In literature:

One thing; two cables from Maxwell to the War Office have been repeated to us here; inadvertently we think; divertingly for sure.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
He found a pleasing and diverting company.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
The scene no longer could divert him.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
The necessary experiments divert the master's eye from the class, and always give opportunity for fooling.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
The trumpet call to dinner diverted our thoughts.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
The Emperor Maximilian was accustomed to divert himself at the expense of the French people.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
Often, to divert our thoughts from the misery we endured, would we read some of the works of our best authors.
"Perils and Captivity" by Charlotte-Adélaïde [née Picard] Dard
I fancy that one isn't very diverting.
"Miss Pat at School" by Pemberton Ginther
It's quite diverting to listen!
"The Love Affairs of Pixie" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
Take my advice; cast all care aside, and only think of diverting yourself for a month at least.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow

In poetry:

I am the refinement of sluggish Russian speech,
Next to me other poets are primeval,
I was the first to divert these words
Into ringing, angry, tender sounds.
"" I am the refinement of sluggish Russian speech..."" by Konstantin Dmitrievich Balmont
And if thou dost not, of thy mercy, deign
To keep me, and those maladies restrain,
I can't myself divert their rage away,
But must to their attacks become a prey.
"A Prayer For A Clergyman, When He Goes To Visit The Sick, Or In The Time Of A Plague" by Rees Prichard
Cease; my pain, perchance my folly,
Cannot be by song diverted;
Music is a power exerted
For the cure of melancholy,
Which in truth it but augmenteth.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Set thy affections on the things above,
And let thy thoughts still in those realms abide,
Where nought terrestrial can divert thy love,
And thou must to eternity reside.
"Advice To Serve God" by Rees Prichard
THEY thus proceeded to the beauteous dame;
Soon valets, maids, and others round them came;
The dog and pilgrim gave extreme delight
And all were quite diverted at the sight.
"The Little Dog" by Jean de La Fontaine
Then away the servant goes quite confident,
And told her a little boy wished to see her just one moment
Oh! well, said Madame Malibran, with a smile,
Fetch in the little boy he will divert me a while.
"Little Pierre's Song" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Some New Yorkers say holding the 26.2-mile race would be insensitive and divert police and other important resources when many are still suffering from Superstorm Sandy.
"We don't want these kids in court, if we can divert them.".
Attempts to divert attention away from these three simple platforms of facts is simply a diversion and an insult to voter intellect.
For the second time in as many days, an unspecified threat forced a Chinese airline to divert a flight, raising public concern about aviation safety in one of the world's fastest-growing air travel markets.
After missing that landing attempt, the pilot of the other plane diverted to an airport in nearby Columbus.
DC offers new plan to divert storm runoff before it floods Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park.
Bothwell says the pilot of that plane tried to land 20 minutes before Horan, but couldn't find the runway and diverted to another airport.WRTV-TV and The Indianapolis Star report the investigation could take nine more months.
No visibility led 2nd pilot to divert before crash.
Bothwell says the pilot of that plane tried to land 20 minutes before Horan, but couldn't find the runway and diverted to another airport.
Divert traffic to I-205.
Flier's death forces Emirates 777 to divert to Warsaw.
These cases would have been in the court system anyway, but are now being diverted to the mental health court in hopes of providing long-term solutions.
Mayor says NYC Marathon won't divert resources.
NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday's marathon won't divert resources from victims of Superstorm Sandy's devastation.
Marathon won't divert resources from Sandy's victims.

In science:

Thus, in some settings, outliers detection limits the ability of an adversary to divert the result.
Threshold-Controlled Global Cascading in Wireless Sensor Networks
The Nb foil excludes magnetic fields while the Metglas diverts any trapped flux away from the SQUIDs.
Prototype finline-coupled TES bolometers for CLOVER
The remaining part of the laser power is diverted to another telescope, which points toward the other spacecraft.
The Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity
That is, Bb is a field of finite magnetic flux in the surface, which diverts the normal component Bn in a field along ∇Ψ.
A Universal Magnetic Helicity Integral
Pext ; see § 3.4) that was diverted into the entropy cascade at the ion gyroscale, and is the cascade time that we now need to find.
Astrophysical gyrokinetics: kinetic and fluid turbulent cascades in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas