Definitions for: Deflection


[n] a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern); "a diversion from the main highway"; "a digression into irrelevant details"; "a deflection from his goal"
[n] the property of being bent or deflected
[n] the movement of the pointer or pen of a measuring instrument from its zero position
[n] the amount by which a propagating wave is bent
[n] a twist or aberration; especially a perverse or abnormal way of judging or acting



Webster (1913) Definition: De*flec"tion, n. [L. deflexio, fr. deflectere: cf.
F. d['e]flexion.]
1. 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.

The other leads to the same point, through certain
deflections. --Lowth.

2. (Gunnery) The deviation of a shot or ball from its true
course.

3. (Opt.) A deviation of the rays of light toward the surface
of an opaque body; inflection; diffraction.

4. (Engin.) The bending which a beam or girder undergoes from
its own weight or by reason of a load.

Synonyms: bending, deflexion, deflexion, deflexion, deviation, digression, divagation, diversion, refraction, warp

See Also: aberrance, aberrancy, aberration, bend, bending, deviance, motion, movement, physical property, red herring, refractiveness, refractivity, turn, turning, wind deflection, windage

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