de·​flec·​tion | \ di-ˈflek-shən How to pronounce deflection (audio) , dē- \

Definition of deflection

1 : a turning aside or off course : deviation
2 : the departure of an indicator or pointer from the zero reading on the scale of an instrument

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Examples of deflection in a Sentence

measuring the angle of deflection He scored with a deflection off another player's stick.
Recent Examples on the Web But her deflections are more insulting than crafty. Eric Zorn,, "Column: Elizabeth Warren treats the public like children when she refuses to talk about tax hikes in ‘Medicare for All’," 17 Oct. 2019 Jordan Smith has been an absolute force on the outside with 16 tackles (5 for loss), four sacks and a pass deflection, quarterback hurry and forced fumble, and Fitzgerald Mofor is right behind him with 14 tackles (3.5 for loss) and a sack. Evan Dudley, al, "Position-by-position breakdown for UAB’s visit to Texas-San Antonio," 11 Oct. 2019 Defensive tackle Shelby Harris In his first full season as a starter, he’s set career-highs in sacks (6), tackles (46) and pass deflections (7). Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "These Broncos deserve to go to the Pro Bowl instead of Von Miller," 20 Dec. 2019 Defensive deflections, rebounding and increasing tempo were three of them. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ rebuild right on schedule at quarter mark of season," 3 Dec. 2019 Rowe, who has contributed 59 tackles and seven pass deflections, becomes the fourth Dolphins player to have his contract extended since August, joining offensive lineman Jesse Davis and receivers Jakeem Grant and Allen Hurns. Omar Kelly,, "Miami Dolphins sign safety Eric Rowe to three-year extension," 2 Dec. 2019 Worrilow played for the Falcons (2013-16), Lions (2017), and Eagles (2018), compiling 415 tackles, 4 sacks, 11 pass deflections, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions. Jim Mcbride,, "Patriots’ Lance Kendricks suspended one game for violating NFL’s drug policy," 24 Aug. 2019 Rosenborg took the lead through captain Mike Jensen, who controlled a deep cross to the back post and whose effort was helped by a deflection, allowing the ball to sneak in at the near post., "Champions League Roundup: Celtic Come Back in Bosnia & The New Saints Throw Away Victory," 11 July 2019 Chicago also leads the NBA in steals (187) and ranks fourth in deflections (309). Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers vs Chicago Bulls: Game preview, odds, TV channel, how to watch live stream online," 28 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of deflection

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Deflection.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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How to pronounce deflection (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of deflection

: the act of changing or causing something to change direction


de·​flec·​tion | \ di-ˈflek-shən How to pronounce deflection (audio) \

Medical Definition of deflection

1 : a turning aside or deviation from a straight line
2 : the departure of an indicator or pointer from the zero reading on the scale of an instrument

Other Words from deflection

deflect \ di-​ˈflekt How to pronounce deflect (audio) \ verb

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