Definitions

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

  • n. The act or an instance of diverting or turning aside; deviation.
  • n. Something that distracts the mind and relaxes or entertains.
  • n. A maneuver that draws the attention of an opponent away from a planned point of action, especially as part of military strategy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tactic used to draw attention away from the real threat or action.
  • n. A hobby; an activity that distracts the mind.
  • n. The act of diverting.
  • n. Removal of water via a canal.
  • n. A detour, such as during road construction
  • n. Officially halting or suspending a formal criminal or juvenile justice proceeding and referral of the accused person to a treatment or care program.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of turning aside from any course, occupation, or object
  • n. That which diverts; that which turns or draws the mind from care or study, and thus relaxes and amuses; sport; play; pastime.
  • n. The act of drawing the attention and force of an enemy from the point where the principal attack is to be made; the attack, alarm, or feint which diverts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of turning aside from a course; a turning into a different direction or to a different point or destination: as, the diversion of a stream from its usual channel; the diversion of the mind from business or study, or to another object.
  • n. That which diverts; that which turns something from its proper or natural course or tendency; specifically, that which turns or draws the mind from care, business, or study, and thus rests and amuses; sport; play; pastime: as, the diversions of youth; works of wit and humor furnish an agreeable diversion to the studious.
  • n. The act of drawing the attention and force of an enemy from the point where the principal attack is to be made, as by an attack or alarm on one wing of an army when the principal attack is to be made on the other wing or the center; also, generally, any act intended to draw one's attention away from a point aimed at, or a desired object.

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

  • n. an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack
  • n. a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
  • n. an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates

Etymologies

Late Latin dīversiō, dīversiōn-, act of turning aside, from Latin dīversus, past participle of dīvertere, to divert; see divert.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French diversion, from Medieval Latin diversio, from Latin divertere, past participle diversus ("to divert"); see divert. (Wiktionary)

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