de flection

deflection

[dih-flek-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or state of deflecting or the state of being deflected.
2.
amount of deviation.
3.
the deviation of the indicator of an instrument from the position taken as zero.
4.
Optics. deviation ( def 5a ).
5.
Military. the angle formed by the line of sight to the target and the line of sight to the point at which a gun is aimed so as to strike the target.
6.
Electronics. (in a cathode-ray tube) the bending by a magnetic field of the beam of electrons leaving the electron gun.
Also, British, deflexion.


Origin:
1595–1605; < Late Latin dēflexiōn- (stem of dēflexiō), equivalent to Latin dēflex(us) (past participle of dēflectere; see deflect) + -iōn- -ion

nondeflection, noun
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deflection or deflexion (dɪˈflɛkʃən)
 
n
1.  the act of deflecting or the state of being deflected
2.  the amount of deviation
3.  the change in direction of a light beam as it crosses a boundary between two media with different refractive indexes
4.  a deviation of the indicator of a measuring instrument from its zero position
5.  the movement of a structure or structural member when subjected to a load
 
deflexion or deflexion
 
n
 
de'flective or deflexion
 
adj

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deflection
also (and with more etymological propriety) deflexion, c.1600, from L. deflexionem, noun of action from deflectere (see deflect). Both forms were present 17c., but the spelling with -c- has come to predominate.
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deflection de·flec·tion (dĭ-flěk'shən)
n.

  1. A turning aside or deviation.

  2. The deviation of an indicator in a measuring instrument, such as an electrocardiograph, from zero or from its normal position.

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