Definition of Deflection

1. Noun. A twist or aberration; especially a perverse or abnormal way of judging or acting.

Exact synonyms: Warp
Generic synonyms: Aberrance, Aberrancy, Aberration, Deviance
Derivative terms: Warp

2. Noun. The amount by which a propagating wave is bent.
Exact synonyms: Deflexion, Refraction
Generic synonyms: Bend, Bending

3. Noun. The movement of the pointer or pen of a measuring instrument from its zero position.
Exact synonyms: Deflexion
Generic synonyms: Motion, Movement

4. Noun. The property of being bent or deflected.
Exact synonyms: Bending, Deflexion
Generic synonyms: Physical Property
Specialized synonyms: Wind Deflection, Windage, Refractiveness, Refractivity

5. Noun. A turning aside (of your course or attention or concern). "A deflection from his goal"
Exact synonyms: Deflexion, Deviation, Digression, Divagation, Diversion
Generic synonyms: Turn, Turning
Specialized synonyms: Red Herring
Derivative terms: Deflect, Deflect, Deflect, Deflect, Deviate, Deviate, Digress, Divagate, Diversionary, Diversionist, Divert

Definition of Deflection

1. 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.

Definition of Deflection

1. Noun. The act of deflecting or something deflected. ¹

2. Noun. The deviation of a needle or other indicator from its previous position. ¹

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Definition of Deflection

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Deflection

1. 1. The act of turning aside, or state of being turned aside; a turning from a right line or proper course; a bending, especially. Downward; deviation. "The other leads to the same point, through certain deflections." (Lowth) 2. The deviation of a shot or ball from its true course. 3. A deviation of the rays of light toward the surface of an opaque body; inflection; diffraction. 4. The bending which a beam or girder undergoes from its own weight or by reason of a load. Origin: L. Deflexio, fr. Deflectere: cf. F. Deflexion. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Deflection

deflavorizing machine
deflavorizing machines
deflection (current term)
deflection change
deflection changes
deflection coils
deflection difference
deflection differences
deflective occlusal contact

Literary usage of Deflection

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"If we introduce a negatively electrified ball C', the deflection will be to ... deflections, then introduced together they will give t, double + deflection, ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"If we take the electrified brass ball С and touch it by a perfectly equal neutral ball C', on introducing С into G we shall get deflection fD; if we touch С ..."

3. The Theory and Practice of Modern Framed Structures, Designed for the Use of by John Butler Johnson, Charles Walter Bryan, Frederick Eugene Turneaure, William Spaulding Kinne (1910)
"displacement diagram gives a total deflection for H = i , of 1426. o/ ... deflection of Two-Hinged Arches. — The formulas already developed may be applied ..."

4. Handbook of Building Construction: Data for Architects, Designing and by George Albert Hool, Nathan Clarke Johnson (1920)
"deflection.—The general formula for deflection is derived in treatises on mechanics. ... All terms must be in inches to give deflection in inches. ..."

5. The Principles and Practice of Surveying by Charles Blaney Breed, George Leonard Hosmer (1908)
"deflection ANGLES. — A deflection angle is usually referred to as an angle ... deflection ANGLES. makes it possible to compute the length of curve by a ..."

6. A Text Book on Roofs and Bridges by Mansfield Merriman, Henry Sylvester Jacoby (1917)
"deflection OF A SIMPLE BEAM. The same reciprocal relation which was shown in ... Hence the simplest graphic determination of the deflection of a simple beam ..."

7. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1879)
"Stirring A increased the deflection to 30, and stirring B increased it to 20. No. 14. ... Stirring either A or B did not alter the amount of deflection. No. ..."

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