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English noun: deflection

1. deflection (state) a twist or aberration; especially a perverse or abnormal way of judging or acting


Broader (hypernym)aberrance, aberrancy, aberration, deviance

2. deflection (event) the amount by which a propagating wave is bent

Synonymsdeflexion, refraction

Broader (hypernym)bend, bending

3. deflection (event) the movement of the pointer or pen of a measuring instrument from its zero position


Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

4. deflection (attribute) the property of being bent or deflected

Synonymsbending, deflexion

Broader (hypernym)physical property

Narrower (hyponym)refractiveness, refractivity, wind deflection, windage

5. deflection (act) a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)

SamplesA diversion from the main highway.
A digression into irrelevant details.
A deflection from his goal.

Synonymsdeflexion, deviation, digression, divagation, diversion

Broader (hypernym)turn, turning

Narrower (hyponym)red herring

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