SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object) to turn aside or from a path or course; deflect. . British to route (traffic) on a detour. to draw off to a different course, purpose, etc. to distract from serious occupation; entertain or amuse. verb (used without object) to turn aside; veer: It is sad to see so much talent divert to trivial occupations. Origin of divert 1400–50; late Middle English
dī- di- 2
Related forms di·vert·ed·ly, adverb di·vert·er, noun di·vert·i·ble, adjective pre·di·vert, verb (used with object) re·di·vert, verb (used with object) un·di·vert·ed, adjective un·di·vert·i·ble, adjective
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for diverter Historical Examples of diverter
Diversion of water from an irrigation ditch in which the
diverter has no interest is not a very serious offense.
Edna Hill developed new resources as an encourager, a
diverter, and an unfailing optimist in regard to the outcome. British Dictionary definitions for diverter verb to turn (a person or thing) aside from a course; deflect (tr) to entertain; amuse (tr) to distract the attention of Derived Forms diverter, noun divertible, adjective diverting, adjective divertingly, adverb divertive, adjective Word Origin for divert
C15: from French
divertir, from Latin dīvertere to turn aside, from di- ² + vertere to turn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for diverter v.
early 15c., from Middle French
divertir (14c.), from Latin divertere "to turn in different directions," blended with devertere "turn aside," from dis- "aside" and de- "from" + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Related: Diverted; diverting.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper