verb (used with or without object)
- deflationary gap,
- deflationary spiral,
- deflecting force,
- deflection yoke,
Origin of deflect
Examples from the Web for deflecting
Ever had a petty and vindictive boss, competent only at deflecting blame for his own shortcomings?
Weiner is, not surprisingly, very much against spoilers, and very good at deflecting questions.‘Mad Men’: Creator Matthew Weiner Shares 10 Facts About Season 6|Jace Lacob|January 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
By pouncing on the moderator, Team Romney is deflecting attention from a tough night for its man.
For now, the Israeli Prime Minister has succeeded in deflecting attention away from the Palestinian issue.
Deflecting an attack, even more than getting in zingers, can be the difference between winning and losing.What Romney and Obama Can Learn About the Art of Debate Deflection|David Freedlander|October 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The pressure on the oblong planes which constituted the deflecting rudder was very great.The Motor Boys in the Clouds|Clarence Young
Jerry tilted the deflecting rudder, and the craft gracefully swooped down toward the earth.The Motor Boys After a Fortune|Clarence Young
Julian was deflecting Madge's course to the left of Gull Island.The Messenger|Elizabeth Robins
The strip, A, is first put under a slight pressure, deflecting the needle a few degrees from zero.Edison, His Life and Inventions|Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
The same realism determined the speculation of the Italians, deflecting it from metaphysics to problems of practical life.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature|John Addington Symonds
Word Origin 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.