Definition of deflect
: to turn (something) aside especially from a straight course or fixed direction armor that deflects bullets deflecting attention from the troubled economy deflect a question
: to turn aside : deviate the shot deflected off the goalie's shoulder pad
deflectableplay \-ˈflek-tə-bəl\ adjective
deflectiveplay \-tiv\ adjective
deflectorplay \-tər\ noun
Examples of deflect in a Sentence
armor that can deflect bullets
The goalie deflected the ball with his hands.
The ball deflected off the goalie's shoulder.
They are trying to deflect attention from the troubled economy.
The blame was deflected from the chairman.
Recent Examples of deflect from the Web
On Tuesday, a press briefing at the White House quickly turned into a public mockery of journalists, as deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders deflected questions in favor of deriding the press.
In deflecting the shot away, Hildebrandt sealed a stunning upset and helped ensure FC Cincinnati's fairy tale run in U.S. Open Cup would continue.
But the ball deflected off his glove, and rolled to shortstop Trea Turner, who was unable to make a throw.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told reporters on Thursday, saying that Republicans were using the ambiguity around the bill to deflect scrutiny of its likely impact.
To maintain the precision surface, the mirror had to be thick enough to support its own weight without deflecting.
Lengthening the shaft has the dual benefit of lessening the force needed to deflect the stick and makes giving precise inputs that much easier.
His team’s domination was verified after the break when Madrid went back in front – through Casemiro’s strike that deflected off Sami Khedira – and this time the lead was retained.
Sporting forward Soony Saad hit the crossbar on the initial shot, and the ball deflected across the line.
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Origin and Etymology of deflect
Latin deflectere to bend down, turn aside, from de- + flectere to bend
First Known Use: circa 1555See Words from the same year
DEFLECT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deflect for English Language Learners
: to cause (something that is moving) to change direction
: to hit something and suddenly change direction
: to keep (something, such as a question) from affecting or being directed at a person or thing
DEFLECT Defined for Kids
Definition of deflect for Students
: to change or cause to change direction The goalie deflected the puck.
Word Root of deflect
The Latin word flectere, meaning “to bend” or “to curve,” and its form flexus give us the roots flect and flex. Words from the Latin flectere have something to do with bending or curving. To flex is to cause something, such as a muscle, to curve or bend. Something flexible can be bent without breaking. To deflect, or turn aside, is to bend the direction of something. To reflect is to bend an image back to the person looking at a mirror or other shiny surface.
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