Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of deflecting or something deflected.
  • n. The deviation of a needle or other indicator from its previous position.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. The deviation of a shot or ball from its true course.
  • n. A deviation of the rays of light toward the surface of an opaque body; inflection; diffraction.
  • n. The bending which a beam or girder undergoes from its own weight or by reason of a load.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

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