American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of deflecting or the condition of being deflected.
- n. Deviation or a specified amount of deviation.
- n. The deviation of an indicator of a measuring instrument from zero or from its normal position.
- n. The movement of a structure or structural part as a result of stress.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of turning or the state of being turned aside from a straight line or course; a turning from a true line or the regular course; deviation.
- n. Figuratively, deviation from the right, regular, or expected course of action or thought; aberration.
- n. Specifically Nautical, the deviation of a ship from her true course in sailing.
- n. In optics, a deviation of the rays of light toward the surface of an opaque body; inflection. See diffraction.
- n. In electricity, the deviation or swing of a magnetic needle from the zero of its position: often measured in degrees.
- n. In mathematics: The distance by which a curve departs from another curve, or from a straight line.
- n. Any effect either of curvature or of discontinuous change of direction.
- n. In mech., the bending of material under a transverse strain, as of a beam under the weight of a load.
- n. In entomology: The state of being bent downward: as, a deflection of the side of the pronotum.
- n. A deflected part or margin.
- n. The act of deflecting or something deflected.
- n. The deviation of a needle or other indicator from its previous position.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of turning aside, or state of being turned aside; a turning from a right line or proper course; a bending, esp. downward; deviation.
- n. (Gunnery) The deviation of a shot or ball from its true course.
- n. (Opt.) A deviation of the rays of light toward the surface of an opaque body; inflection; diffraction.
- n. (Engin.) The bending which a beam or girder undergoes from its own weight or by reason of a load.
- n. the amount by which a propagating wave is bent
- n. a twist or aberration; especially a perverse or abnormal way of judging or acting
- n. a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
- n. the property of being bent or deflected
- n. the movement of the pointer or pen of a measuring instrument from its zero position
“The perceptual puzzle arises because the deflection is actually gradual but is often perceived as an abrupt change in direction (the break).”
“Also the deflection is linearly proportional to F: the higher the force, the more bending.”
“Finally, the deflection is proportional to the cube of R, which is the real killer for deflection.”
“We can see that the deflection is inversely proportional to W: the thicker the rod, the less bending, which makes sense.”
“Actually, I have felt that asteroid deflection is stupid since it doesn't provide for a spaceborne infrastructure.”
“Stewart made it 2-0 3: 27 later with a deflection from the right edge of the crease.”
“A video review confirmed that Alfredsson's deflection from the slot with 3.5 seconds remaining in the first made contact with the puck above the level of the crossbar.”
“Nice work on your deflection from the issue at hand to a jab at other commentors.”
“A nice deflection from the budget and dutifully commented on by several moonbats in the comments.”
“Vancouver had just finished killing off a 4-minute penalty when the 37-year-old Boston native added his 497th career goal on a deflection from the slot 3 1/2 minutes later.”
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