[ dih-flekt ]
/ dɪˈflɛkt /

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 forms

de·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 deflecting


/ (dɪˈflɛkt) /


to turn or cause to turn aside from a course; swerve

Derived Forms

deflector, noun

Word Origin for deflect

C17: from Latin dēflectere, from flectere to bend
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