- the act or state of deflecting or the state of being deflected.
- amount of deviation.
- 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.
Origin of deflection
Related Words for deflectiondeviation, conversion, about-face, move, alteration, variation, transfer, transformation, change, shelf, ramp, hill, tangent, twist, shift, departure, abnormality, diversity, variety, fluctuation
Examples from the Web for deflection
Contemporary Examples of deflection
The larger problem though is the deflection of the real story in STDs.The Truth About Older People Having More Sex
January 22, 2014
The alternative to sober, constructive constitutional action is denial, deflection, and death.Lone Star College Shooting Proves Handguns on Campus Is a Bad Idea
January 23, 2013
Over the past couple of years, as the new reality has settled in, there was a great deal of denial and deflection.Pity the Poor Bankers
January 17, 2013
Historical Examples of deflection
I adjusted my coat controls for warmth and deflection, but that was the best I could do.The Day of the Boomer Dukes
The deflection of the centers at the crown was a maximum of 3¼ ins.Concrete Construction
Halbert P. Gillette
And they owe their deflection to the presence of large continents.The Ocean and its Wonders
If the continuity were broken, no deflection would be observed.Torpedoes and Torpedo Warfare
C. W. Sleeman
We must get a sense of level, of balance, and then we notice a deflection.The home
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- 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
Word Origin and History for deflection
also (and with more etymological propriety) deflexion, c.1600, from Latin deflexionem, noun of action from past participle stem of deflectere (see deflect). Both forms were present 17c., but the spelling with -c- has come to predominate.
- A turning aside or deviation.
- The deviation of an indicator in a measuring instrument, such as an electrocardiograph, from zero or from its normal position.