Definition of deflection in English:


Syllabification: de·flec·tion
Pronunciation: /diˈflekSHən
(also deflexion)


  • 1The action or process of deflecting or being deflected: the deflection of the light beam
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    • 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.
    • Brighton won through a header by Adam Virgo that took a deflection off defender Clarke Carlisle past Neil Sullivan.
    • 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.
  • 1.1The 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).

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