- the act of diverting or turning aside, as from a course or purpose: a diversion of industry into the war effort.
- a channel made to divert the flow of water from one course to another or to direct the flow of water draining from a piece of ground.
- British. a detour on a highway or road.
- distraction from business, care, etc.; recreation; amusement; a pastime: Movies are his favorite diversion.
- Military. a feint intended to draw off attention from the point of main attack.
Origin of diversion
Examples from the Web for diversion
Some see it as a diversion from the main political objectives of calling for direct elections.The Monuments Men of Occupy Hong Kong
December 4, 2014
Only then did most of those present hear about the diversion.
Also attending was Regan, who told investigators the president had been “crestfallen” at hearing about the diversion.
The public health implications of diversion have probably only begun to be elucidated.The Secret World of Drug-Addict Doctors
April 24, 2014
Besides, even if pot were really, really, really well regulated like prescription drugs, diversion and abuse will still happen.Weed Gave My Family Everything—Then Took It Away
April 9, 2014
There was, he contended, some diversion and diversity in card-playing.De Libris: Prose and Verse
It was Burke who offered a diversion, a crude interruption after his own fashion.
To gain a diversion, he reverted to his familiar bullying tactics.
The diversion occurred at the moment of the lion's greatest tension.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Dica Petit now returned, and this caused a diversion in the waiting-room.My Double Life
- the act of diverting from a specified course
- mainly British an official detour used by traffic when a main route is closed
- something that distracts from business, etc; amusement
- military a feint attack designed to draw an enemy away from the main attack
Word Origin and History for diversion
early 15c., "diverse condition;" c.1600 "act of diverting," from Middle French diversion, from Late Latin diversionem (nominative diversio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin divertere (see divert).
Sense of "amusement, entertainment" is first recorded 1640s. Hence, divertimento (1823), from the Italian form; originally "a musical composition designed primarily for entertainment."