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
During his career, the former West Jefferson standout has accounted for 133 total tackles, 33 pass deflections, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 10 interceptions (tied for eighth in school history).
But Martinique, a French overseas department, tied the score on a pair of goals by Kevin Parsemain, the first a long-range shot that went past goalkeeper Brad Guzan on a bounce and the second a pass that hit Parsemain and went in on the deflection.
By his senior year, the coaching staff asked if he, by hand, could track advanced hustle stats like deflections and chart who defended each shot.
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.
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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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