the deviation of the indicator of an instrument from the position taken as zero.
Optics. deviation (def. 5a).
Military. the angle formed by the line of sight to the target and the line of sight to the point at which a gun is aimed so as to strike the target.
Electronics. (in a cathode-ray tube) the bending by a magnetic field of the beam of electrons leaving the electron gun.
- Also British, de·flex·ion .
- non·de·flec·tion, noun
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How to use deflection in a sentence
Likewise, seasoned interviewers will anticipate your curiosity and will have prepared some bland response, perhaps with a gentle deflection away from the question they can’t or don’t want to answer to the question they would prefer you had asked.A hostile job interviewer can tell you everything you need to know | Karla Miller | August 26, 2021 | Washington Post
The deflection of the suspended magnet from geomagnetic north depends on both the intensity of Earth’s magnetic field and the pull of the second bar magnet.A WWII submarine-hunting device helped prove the theory of plate tectonics | Carolyn Gramling | July 2, 2021 | Science News
On its newest shoes, Giro now lists sole stiffness by Newtons of force per millimeter of deflection, which would offer an apples-to-apples comparison if other manufacturers followed suit.
It requires that the seats in your car be capable of withstanding a force applied forwards or backwards that’s equivalent to 20 times the weight of the seat itself, but allows for 40 degrees of seat deflection under that strain.
This is a deflection that occurs when objects not attached to the ground travel at high speeds or long distances relative to a rotating planet.Staying grounded in space requires artificial gravity | Bethany Brookshire | May 4, 2021 | Science News For Students
The larger problem though is the deflection of the real story in STDs.
The alternative to sober, constructive constitutional action is denial, deflection, and death.Lone Star College Shooting Proves Handguns on Campus Is a Bad Idea | John Avlon | January 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Over the past couple of years, as the new reality has settled in, there was a great deal of denial and deflection.
Speed of train produces no effect on the mean deflection, but only on the magnitude of the vibrations.
From these equations the deflection produced by any given stress on the chains or by a change of temperature can be calculated.
Do the best the master can, the thought will not pass from him to his reader without considerable deflection.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Instantly, there was a sharp deflection of the kilovoltmeter.Islands of Space | John W Campbell
The weight per metre was 91 grammes, and the deflection was 46 mm.Langley Memoir on Mechanical Flight, Parts I and II | S. P. (Samuel Pierpont) Langley and Charles M. (Charles Matthews) Manly
British Dictionary definitions for deflection
the act of deflecting or the state of being deflected
the amount of deviation
the change in direction of a light beam as it crosses a boundary between two media with different refractive indexes
a deviation of the indicator of a measuring instrument from its zero position
the movement of a structure or structural member when subjected to a load
- deflective, adjective
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