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[dih-flek-tid] /dɪˈflɛk tɪd/
adjective, Biology
curved or bent downward.
Origin of deflected
1820-30; deflect + -ed2
Related forms
nondeflected, adjective
undeflected, adjective


[dih-flekt] /dɪˈflɛkt/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to bend or turn aside; turn from a true course or straight line; swerve.
1545-55; < Latin dēflectere to bend down, turn aside, equivalent to dē- de- + flectere to bend, turn
Related forms
deflectable, adjective
deflector, noun Unabridged
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  • He deflected machete blows to the head with his hand.
  • The solar particles are deflected to the polar regions along the magnetic field lines.
  • It may be bifid, and is sometimes deflected to one or other side.
  • Wright's actual technology was rather different from mine however in that he used deflected plates rather than membranes.
  • The pair resists being deflected by random positive and negative charges in the materials.
  • One by one, they picked off the bots, and by dawn they had deflected the attackers.
  • Ice halos are rings and arcs of light that appear when sunlight is deflected through ice crystals.
  • Unfortunately, my questions were deflected by responses from the floor.
  • As they travel, they are deflected by a magnetic field.
  • However, the impression they give is that the prime minister will not be easily deflected from the course he favours.
British Dictionary definitions for deflected


to turn or cause to turn aside from a course; swerve
Derived Forms
deflector, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēflectere, from flectere to bend
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Word Origin and History for deflected



1550s, from Latin deflectere "to bend (something) aside or downward," from de- "away" (see de-) + flectere "to bend" (see flexible). Originally transitive, the intransitive sense is first recorded 1640s. Related: Deflected; deflecting.

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