Definition of deflect
: to turn (something) aside especially from a straight course or fixed direction armor that deflects bullets deflecting attention from the troubled economy deflect a question
: to turn aside : deviate the shot deflected off the goalie's shoulder pad
deflectableplay \-ˈflek-tə-bəl\ adjective
deflectiveplay \-tiv\ adjective
deflectorplay \-tər\ noun
Examples of deflect in a Sentence
armor that can deflect bullets
The goalie deflected the ball with his hands.
The ball deflected off the goalie's shoulder.
They are trying to deflect attention from the troubled economy.
The blame was deflected from the chairman.
Recent Examples of deflect from the Web
Sporting forward Soony Saad hit the crossbar on the initial shot, and the ball deflected across the line.
That was not the fault of the DNC, and Clinton’s lament, in the eyes of many Democrats, was a needless and potentially harmful attempt to deflect criticism and point fingers at things that were not fundamental to her defeat.
Prosecutors said Ulbricht used the name to deflect suspicion from himself.
But former Governor and Congressman Mike Lowry, who died May 1 at age 78, also was remembered at a memorial service Tuesday for a humility and constant desire to deflect credit to others.
Senior midfielder Ellie Stodola punctuated the victory when she was credited with a goal when the ball deflected off an Indians defender in the 63rd minute.
Muller, who posted three ground balls and three caused turnovers, deflected credit for his performance.
Underneath the floor, a convex hull deflects blasts and shields the cabin from IEDs.
On Earth, everything alive evolved within the framework of gravity and under the protection of the planet’s magnetic field, which deflects most of the high-energy cosmic particles that hurtle through the cosmos.
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Origin and Etymology of deflect
Latin deflectere to bend down, turn aside, from de- + flectere to bend
First Known Use: circa 1555
DEFLECT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deflect for English Language Learners
: to cause (something that is moving) to change direction
: to hit something and suddenly change direction
: to keep (something, such as a question) from affecting or being directed at a person or thing
DEFLECT Defined for Kids
Definition of deflect for Students
: to change or cause to change direction The goalie deflected the puck.
Word Root of deflect
The Latin word flectere, meaning “to bend” or “to curve,” and its form flexus give us the roots flect and flex. Words from the Latin flectere have something to do with bending or curving. To flex is to cause something, such as a muscle, to curve or bend. Something flexible can be bent without breaking. To deflect, or turn aside, is to bend the direction of something. To reflect is to bend an image back to the person looking at a mirror or other shiny surface.
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