verb (used with or without object)
Origin of deflect
Examples from the Web for deflect
According to Crawford, Alvarez is “focusing her entire effort publicly on Protess” to deflect attention.Wrongly Imprisoned for 15 Years Thanks to an Innocence Project|Jacob Siegel|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yet, Obama might take some of these military actions anyway just to deflect political pressures at home.
But when I pulled her toward me to comfort her and tell her that I was sorry, she instinctively flexed her muscles to deflect me.
Creationists need a Muslim hero, and American right-wingers need a “good” Muslim with whom to deflect accusations of Islamophobia.The Hedonistic, Possibly Holocaust-Denying Sect That’s Hoodwinking Republican Congressmen|Jay Michaelson|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The impulse would have done nothing to deflect a bullet, which would likely have torn through his arm and into him.Thank God the Murrysville School Attack Wasn’t Guns|Michael Daly|April 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And the way he can touch a bat with his mitt and deflect it on the third strike without being detected by the umpire is wonderful.Rival Pitchers of Oakdale|Morgan Scott
A plan to invade England also helped to deflect his mind from establishing an outpost of his empire upon our continent.A Straight Deal|Owen Wister
It would sweep any man or men aside like driftwood if they stood in its way or attempted to deflect it.The New York Stock Exchange and Public Opinion|Otto Hermann Kahn
Lockley knew that sharp points, when charged electrically, make tiny jets of ionized air which will deflect a candle flame.Operation Terror|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
All currents of electricity have encircling currents of magnetism, and all deflect the magnetic needle.The Philosophy of the Weather|Thomas Belden Butler
British Dictionary definitions for deflect
Word Origin for deflect
Word Origin and History for deflect
1550s, from Latin deflectere "to bend (something) aside or downward," from de- "away" (see de-) + flectere "to bend" (see flexible). Originally transitive, the intransitive sense is first recorded 1640s. Related: Deflected; deflecting.