Definition of deflection in US English:


(also deflexion)


  • 1The action or process of deflecting or being deflected.

    ‘the deflection of the light beam’
    • ‘Fortune was on his side as the ball took a deflection before beating Thompson.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Single stars are of comparatively small mass, cosmically speaking, and so produce little deflection of light beams.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ball took a deflection as it found its way into the corner past goalkeeper Jones who was still lining up the wall.’
    turning aside, turning away, turning, diversion, drawing away
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    1. 1.1 The amount by which something is deflected.
      ‘an 11-mile deflection of the river’


Early 17th century: from late Latin deflexio(n-), from deflectere ‘bend away’ (see deflect).