adjective Biology.

curved or bent downward.

Nearby words

  1. deflation,
  2. deflationary,
  3. deflationary gap,
  4. deflationary spiral,
  5. deflect,
  6. deflecting force,
  7. deflection,
  8. deflection yoke,
  9. deflective,
  10. deflexed

Origin of deflected

First recorded in 1820–30; deflect + -ed2

Related formsnon·de·flect·ed, adjectiveun·de·flect·ed, adjective



verb (used with or without object)

to bend or turn aside; turn from a true course or straight line; swerve.

Origin of deflect

1545–55; < Latin dēflectere to bend down, turn aside, equivalent to dē- de- + flectere to bend, turn

Related formsde·flect·a·ble, adjectivede·flec·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for deflected



to turn or cause to turn aside from a course; swerve
Derived Formsdeflector, noun

Word Origin for deflect

C17: from Latin dēflectere, from flectere to bend

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Word Origin and History for deflected



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.

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