Definition of Deflect

1. Verb. Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening. "Avert a strike"




2. Verb. Turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest.
Exact synonyms: Bend, Turn Away
Generic synonyms: Turn
Derivative terms: Deflection, Deflector, Deflexion

3. Verb. Turn aside and away from an initial or intended course.
Generic synonyms: Turn
Derivative terms: Deflection, Deflective, Deflector, Deflexion

4. Verb. Draw someone's attention away from something. "He deflected his competitors"
Exact synonyms: Distract
Generic synonyms: Confuse, Disconcert, Flurry, Put Off
Derivative terms: Distraction

5. Verb. Impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball). "The fighter managed to deflect his opponent"; "Block an attack"
Exact synonyms: Block, Parry
Generic synonyms: Fence
Derivative terms: Block, Blockage, Blocker, Blocking, Parry

Definition of Deflect

1. v. t. To cause to turn aside; to bend; as, rays of light are often deflected.

2. v. i. To turn aside; to deviate from a right or a horizontal line, or from a proper position, course or direction; to swerve.

Definition of Deflect

1. Verb. (transitive) To make (something) deviate from its original path. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To deviate from its original path. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive figuratively) To knock aside. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Deflect

1. to turn aside [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Deflect

deflationary
deflationism
deflationisms
deflationist
deflationists
deflations
deflator
deflators
deflavorizing machine
deflavorizing machines
deflazacort
deflea
defleaed
defleaing
defleas
deflect (current term)
deflectable
deflected
deflecting
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deflection change
deflection changes
deflection coils
deflection difference
deflection differences
deflectionize
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deflective
deflective occlusal contact
deflectometer

Literary usage of Deflect

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1. The Civil Engineer's Pocket-book by John Cresson Trautwine (1894)
"Case 1, Fig 30 ; when the two curves deflect in opposite directions. Case 2. Fig .SI ; when the two curves deflect in tb« same direction. ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"To protect the fillers working at the bottom, strong diagonal guard timbers ore placed at S in order to deflect any materials falling down the shaft, ..."

3. The Trial of Col. Aaron Burr, on an Indictment for Treason, Before the by T. Carpenter (1808)
"... was in like manner preferred, and provisional measures only taken to meet the event of rupture.-— While therefore we do not deflect in the slightest ..."

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