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[mass noun] The action or process of deflecting or being deflected:‘the deflection of the light beam’[count noun] ‘his volley took a deflection off a United defender’
turning aside, turning away, turning, diversion, drawing awaydeviation, divergence, declination, aberration, turn, veer, swerve, slew, drift, straying, bend, swing, twist, curvedivarication, divagationView synonyms
- ‘Fortune was on his side as the ball took a deflection before beating Thompson.’
- ‘In both tests, the core failed to melt and showed no sign of panel bowing, bending, or deflection.’
- ‘Brighton won through a header by Adam Virgo that took a deflection off defender Clarke Carlisle past Neil Sullivan.’
- ‘Six minutes after his arrival Cole got possession and fired a shot that took a deflection off the unlucky City defender Martin Taylor on its way to goal.’
- ‘Single stars are of comparatively small mass, cosmically speaking, and so produce little deflection of light beams.’
- ‘The winners took the lead as early as the 7th minute with a powerful shot that took a deflection on its way to the net.’
- ‘The ball took a deflection as it found its way into the corner past goalkeeper Jones who was still lining up the wall.’
Early 17th century: from late Latin deflexio(n-), from deflectere bend away (see deflect).
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