Definition of deflection in English:


Line breaks: de|flec¦tion
Pronunciation: /dɪˈflɛkʃ(ə)n
(also deflexion)


[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
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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.
    turning aside/away, turning, diversion, drawing away; deviation, divergence, declination, aberration, turn, veer, swerve, slew, drift, straying, bend, swing, twist, curve


early 17th century: from late Latin deflexio(n-), from deflectere 'bend away' (see deflect).

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