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

  • n. Chiefly British Variant of deflection.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of deflection.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See deflection.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See deflection.

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

  • n. the property of being bent or deflected
  • n. a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
  • n. the movement of the pointer or pen of a measuring instrument from its zero position
  • n. the amount by which a propagating wave is bent


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  • At other times still, a person would raise a hand or gesture in passing, manoeuvres which would in normal contexts seem innocent, yet combined as they were by those other intrusions I have mentioned, were such a deflexion from everyday comportment that I was quite puzzled as to their meaning.

    The Stream and The Torrent

  • For I find no sufficient or competent collection of the works of Nature which have a digression and deflexion from the ordinary course of generations, productions, and motions; whether they be singularities of place and region, or the strange events of time and chance, or the effects of yet unknown properties, or the instances of exception to general kinds.

    The Advancement of Learning

  • Anticipation is but a deflexion or declination by accident.

    Valerius Terminus: of the interpretation of Nature

  • Look to sincerity in working, and faith in dependence; God's truth and fidelity will carry him out to give you unconquerable supportment: -- deflexion from these will be your destruction.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • In Azaleas a curious deflexion of the parts of the flower may occasionally be met with.

    Vegetable Teratology An Account of the Principal Deviations from the Usual Construction of Plants

  • Winnepeseogee and the Pemigewasset Rivers, and then it turns and runs twenty-five or thirty miles in a northeasterly direction to its mouth; and this deflexion in the current caused the dispute.

    The Bay State Monthly — Volume 1, No. 6, June, 1884

  • But up to sixty yards the lateral deflexion from wind is negligible; past this it may amount to three or four feet.

    Hunting with the Bow and Arrow

  • He took it as distinct that there was nothing he could do in preference that wouldn't be spoiled for him by any deflexion from that point.

    The Tragic Muse

  • I see now of course how far, with my complications, I got away from Gyp; but I see to-day so much else too that this particular deflexion from simplicity makes scarce a figure among the others after having once served its purpose, I mean, of lighting my original imitative innocence.

    The Awkward Age

  • Platonic; and if the colours of love inevitably lose a little of their force and propriety by such deflexion from their earlier purpose, their later intellectual purpose as certainly finds its opportunity thereby, in the [147] matter of borrowed fire and wings.

    Gaston de Latour; an unfinished romance


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