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 Detroit’s Filip Zadina was credited with two goals, his first NHL multi-goal game, but both came on deflections off a Wild player. Brian Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Filip Zadina nets 2 lucky goals, but Detroit Red Wings lose 6th straight, 4-2, to Wild," 23 Jan. 2020 One of his incompletions, however, was a deflection that ricocheted to Raiders defensive tackle Maurice Hurst on the game’s opening drive. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders defense falters in 42-21 loss to Titans, Tannehill," 8 Dec. 2019 The Lions crashed the circle and senior forward Riley Pardoe got her stick on a mid-air deflection to bounce the ball past Washington goalie Hannah LaRue. Pat Stoetzer,, "Field Hockey: Liberty withstands Washington to claim Class 1A state title," 9 Nov. 2019 Elder made a tough play less than five minutes later, capitalizing on a deflection on a set piece for his 16th goal of the season. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Bullitt East boys soccer stuns Butler to capture Sixth Region championship," 19 Oct. 2019 Stars forward Blake Comeau left in the first period after being bloodied on a deflection. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "Stars' Blake Comeau, Roman Polak leave ice against Bruins after fluke injuries," 1 Oct. 2019 Finished his career with 2,061 tackles, 67 pass deflections, 41 1/2 sacks, 31 interceptions and 17 forced fumbles in 228 games. Terez A. Paylor, kansascity, "Star receivers highlight 2018 Hall of Fame class | The Kansas City Star," 3 Feb. 2018 The NatCons were in awe of the great deflection service Tucker provided for the American ruling class: identifying actual material grievances and laboriously laundering them into petty insecurities familiar from the Nineties culture wars. Thomas Meaney, Harper's magazine, "Trumpism After Trump," 20 Jan. 2020 One manager on the Bellarmine bench counts deflections on defense, and the team tracks plenty of ball movement stats on offense. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Counting the passes: The secret behind No. 1 Bellarmine’s smooth offense," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of deflection

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Deflection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 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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