Origin of deflection
OTHER WORDS FROM deflectionnon·de·flec·tion, noun
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What does deflection mean?
Deflection is the act of deflecting—redirecting something or causing it to move in a direction that’s different from the course it had been on.
It can also refer to an instance of deflecting, as in Despite a deflection by the goalie, the ball still rolled into the goal.
The verb deflect can also be used in a passive way meaning for something to have its course changed, and deflection can also refer to an instance of this.
Deflection can also be used in a figurative way referring to the act or an instance of doing something to avoid questioning or scrutiny, as in When asked about the scandal, the senator offered only deflection, giving a vague answer and changing the subject.
Deflection can also be used in more specific ways in scientific and technical contexts.
Example: The meteor is headed straight for Earth—our only chance is to cause a deflection using the space laser!
Where does deflection come from?
The first records of the word deflection come from around 1600. It ultimately comes from the Latin dēflectere, “to bend down” or “to turn aside,” from flectere, “to bend” or “to turn” (the same root is used in the words reflect and reflection). The prefix de- is used to indicate a reversal or undoing.
The literal sense of deflection is often used in the description of sports action—players cause deflections on balls and pucks to prevent them from entering the goal, the hoop, or another player’s hands. Such deflections are often slight—the ball or puck changes direction only slightly. But deflecting something can sometimes cause it to move in the complete opposite direction, as in The deflection by the goalie caused the ball to bounce right back at the striker, who then easily kicked it in the goal.
When you engage in deflection of questions, you dodge or evade them, often by changing the subject. Politicians are especially known for using deflection to avoid addressing sensitive issues. This figurative sense of deflection is often used in a way that implies that such actions are dishonest.
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- deflect (verb)
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How is deflection used in real life?
Deflection is commonly used in both literal and figurative ways. When used figuratively, it’s usually negative.
23' Goal to Forest Green Rovers.
— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) September 5, 2020
People’s coping strategies are rarely, if ever about us. Even if it’s lying, deflection, etc.
Now the coping strategies we allow? That is where the learning is. Asking:
“Why do I continually re-invite this behavior after seeing it?” There’s the learnin fam.
— Yolo Akili (@YoloAkili) September 7, 2020
Deflection, dribble, offside, foul play and distraction USED TO BE just football things.
— Nakuul Mehta (@NakuulMehta) September 5, 2020
Try using deflection!
Which of the following scenarios includes an example of deflection?
A. John shoots the basketball, but Jane blocks it before it can reach the rim.
B. A rock falls from a dump truck and bounces off a car’s windshield.
C. Justin’s dad asks him if he passed his math test, and Justin responds by asking what’s for dinner.
D. All of the above.
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|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