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

deflectable, adjective
deflector, noun Unabridged
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deflect (dɪˈflɛkt)
to turn or cause to turn aside from a course; swerve
[C17: from Latin dēflectere, from flectere to bend]

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Word Origin & History

1550s, from L. deflectere "to bend aside or downward," from de- "away" + flectere "to bend." Originally transitive, the intrans. sense is first recorded 1640s.
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Example sentences
The work involves fitting wind-deflecting devices under the trailer of a semi to make the rig more aerodynamically efficient.
Fitting wind-deflecting devices underneath a trailer can make a big truck more aerodynamically efficient.
But deflecting attention from a problem is not the same as solving it.
The cringe is a successful technique for deflecting aggression.
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