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

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 However the Bolts youngster won't remember Sunday fondly – unlike Denver rookie CB Patrick Surtain II, who swiped Herbert twice, including a game-sealing pick-six off a deflection. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 29 Nov. 2021 Ocoee defender Jaylen Hicks nearly broke up the play, but Waseem extended his arms back toward the line of scrimmage to make the catch off a deflection and spark a 28-0 win for the Warriors. J.c. Carnahan,, 12 Oct. 2021 Nicole Douglas put in her ninth goal of the season and first since March 14 off a deflection in the 10th minute. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 28 Apr. 2021 Rockette’s interception return, which came off a deflection. Creg Stephenson |, al, 25 Oct. 2020 Porter threw a bad pass, Rivers got the deflection and the ball wound up in Gordon’s hands. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Apr. 2022 Mertz saw cornerback Jay Shaw intercept a pass thrown into tight coverage early in practice, although the ball caromed off the hands of tight end Cole Dakovich and Shaw caught the deflection. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2022 It was later corrected, as Tuiloma touched it last on the incidental deflection. oregonlive, 3 Apr. 2022 The deflection fooled Bruins goaltender Troy Grosenick, giving Greco his 99th career AHL goal 11:02 into the game. Staff Reports,, 27 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of deflection

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 May 2022

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“Deflection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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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 deflection (audio) \ verb

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