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 of deflection from the Web
His chance, with plenty of help from a deflection, nearly looped into the upper 90, only to miss and go out for a corner.
Last season, Brown averaged 12.4 points, 4.5 assists and 4.3 turnovers with 41 steals and 57 deflections — all team highs.
Sometimes deflection will happen naturally in a group conversation as well.
The researchers used this tiny deflection to calculate that the mass of Stein 2051B is about 68 percent the mass of our sun — or 1.4 octillion tons (that's 14 followed by 26 zeros).
Einstein showed that this deflection could direct more light toward the observer, similar to how a magnifying glass can focus diffuse light from the sun down into a single spot.
The sensors are contactless digital proximity sensors, as opposed to the Hall Effect sensors in many other offerings, which VPC claims can detect stick deflections as small as 0.006 degrees.
That’s a good deflection from Subban who obviously wants to keep what was said on the ice, on the ice.
The Cavs had eight ball deflections and six loose ball recoveries to 16 and 22 for the Warriors.
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First Known Use of deflection
DEFLECTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deflection for English Language Learners
: the act of changing or causing something to change direction
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