deflection

noun
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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Argentina managed to get a foothold thanks to a thunderous goal from Angel di Maria and a fortunate deflection, but falling behind only served to wake the French machine up – including Mbappe. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Belgium blasts France for boring, 'anti-football' tactics after World Cup loss," 11 July 2018 Few things have marked President Trump’s penchant for deflection, lies and deception more than his policy of separating children from parents accused of entering the country illegally. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "Federal employees, contractors trapped by Trump’s family separation policy," 19 June 2018 And then there’s Tankersley, who didn’t log an NFL interception last season, and produced just seven pass deflections. Omar Kelly, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Cordrea Tankersley's focused on remaining a Dolphins starter," 6 June 2018 His potential deflection peaked the interest of MLS side New England Revolution who were eager to offer Bojan a route out of the English side this summer. SI.com, "Journalist Provides Latest Bojan Update as MLS Side Linked With Move for Stoke Forward," 30 June 2018 As a junior, Battle had 55 tackles, four interceptions — one for a touchdown against Piper — three pass deflections and a fumble recovery for the Raiders. David Furones, Sun-Sentinel.com, "St. Thomas Aquinas All-American safety Jordan Battle commits to Ohio State," 29 June 2018 His clever deflection off a cross from Dani Carvajal was initially disallowed for offside, but the video assistant referee overruled the call at Kaliningrad Stadium. BostonGlobe.com, "Injury-time goal helps Spain clinch Group B at World Cup," 25 June 2018 His clever deflection off a cross from Dani Carvajal was initially disallowed for offside, but the video assistant referee overruled the call at Kaliningrad Stadium. Mike Corder, The Seattle Times, "Spain draws 2-2 with Morocco, reaches World Cup round of 16," 25 June 2018 His clever deflection off a cross from Dani Carvajal was initially disallowed for offside, but the video assistant referee overruled the call at Kaliningrad Stadium. Mike Corder, chicagotribune.com, "Late goal gives Spain 2-2 draw with Morocco to reach last 16 in World Cup," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of deflection

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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deflection

noun

English Language Learners Definition of deflection

: the act of changing or causing something to change direction

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

Other Words from deflection

deflect \ di-​ˈflekt \ verb

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