from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To turn aside or cause to turn aside; bend or deviate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make (something) deviate from its original path.
- v. To deviate from its original path.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cause to turn aside; to bend.
- intransitive v. To turn aside; to deviate from a right or a horizontal line, or from a proper position, course or direction; to swerve.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cause to turn aside; turn or bend from a right line or a regular course.
- To turn away or aside; deviate from a true course or a right line; swerve.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. draw someone's attention away from something
- v. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
- v. turn aside and away from an initial or intended course
- v. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
- v. turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest
Latin dēflectere : dē-, de- + flectere, to bend.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)