deflection

noun
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.

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This calls for a combination of honesty and deflection. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Couple saw something, but won’t say something," 5 June 2019 This calls for a combination of honesty and deflection. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Couple saw something, but won’t say something," 5 June 2019 This calls for a combination of honesty and deflection. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: Couple saw something but won’t say something," 5 June 2019 This seems to me to be a shameful deflection of responsibility on the part of the Pope, and an insult to faithful Catholics who have no reason to feel shame because of the crimes of the Vatican and the institutional church. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Decries Sex-Abuse Scandals, But Fails to Satisfy Critics," 25 Aug. 2018 When the orphaned children approach with questions, Sithole uses tough love and deflection: Eat this. Cara Anna, The Seattle Times, "‘It will get worse’: Perilous times for kids hit by cyclone," 26 Mar. 2019 There's More Than One Way to Vaporize An Asteroid In 2008, Iowa State University created a new center for asteroid deflection research and named Professor Bong Wie as the founding director. Popular Mechanics, "The Asteroid Hunters," 11 Nov. 2015 An international research project from Japan and Australia offers a new potential solution: an ion beam shepherd (IBS), a still-hypothetical contactless approach originally designed for asteroid deflection. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Space Junk Solution Would Clean Up Debris With Ion Beams," 27 Sep. 2018 And yet little about the Washington Capitals' 4-3 overtime triumph in Game 5—clinched on Backstrom’s full-extension deflection past Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky—followed typical wisdom. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Despite an Uninspiring Third Period, Washington Finds a Way to Win Game 5," 21 Apr. 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 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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