de·flec·tion | \ di-ˈflek-shən , 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.

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But the performance from open play leaves something to be desired, as only two of their nine goals were scored on the move—and one of those was an accidental deflection off Harry Kane’s heel. Brian Straus,, "Quarterfinal Stage a Narrative Tipping Point for World Cup Contenders," 5 July 2018 Emil Forsberg scored on a deflection in the 66th minute of a grinding 1-0 victory. Anne M. Peterson,, "Southgate: England match against Sweden 'bloody difficult'," 5 July 2018 The 5-star recruit recorded 99 tackles, two interceptions and 13 deflections. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Best of the best: DFW's Top 10 football teams in 2018," 6 July 2018 Forsberg finally finished one of them, with help of a deflection, and that was that. Grant Wahl,, "This World Cup's Latest Twist: England Wins a Penalty Kick Shootout," 3 July 2018 Wake earned his second Pro Bowl nomination last season after leading the Dolphins with 122 tackles while adding a pair of interceptions and five pass deflections. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "Meet the lone Miami Dolphin ranked among the NFL's top 100 players," 26 June 2018 As a junior last season, Couch had two interceptions, 25 pass deflections, 57 tackles and a sack. David Furones,, "Te'Cory Couch wants Miami commitment to be his last, likes Chaminade-to-UM pipeline developing," 16 June 2018 And because the angle of deflection correlates with density of the substance the muon hits, studying these paths can help to create a density map of the material being probed. Elizabeth Gibney, Scientific American, "Muons: The Little-known Particles Helping to Probe the Impenetrable," 28 May 2018 The ball took a deflection off the wall and struck Tebow on the head before taking a crazy bounce into foul territory. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Baseball hits Tim Tebow in the head after a deflection off the 'Maine Monster'," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of deflection

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of deflection

: the act of changing or causing something to change direction


de·flec·tion | \ di-ˈflek-shən \

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 \ verb

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