deflection

noun de·flec·tion \ di-ˈflek-shən , dē- \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

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

  1. measuring the angle of deflection

  2. He scored with a deflection off another player's stick.

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First Known Use of deflection

1605

deflection Synonyms


DEFLECTION Defined for English Language Learners

deflection

noun

Definition of deflection for English Language Learners

  • : the act of changing or causing something to change direction


Medical Dictionary

deflection

noun 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

deflect

play \di-ˈflekt\ verb


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