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[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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Examples for deflecting
  • 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.
  • In many instances these leaders are simply deflecting attention from their own failings.
  • deflecting such an object is possible, but it would require a lot of time and energy to do so.
  • The idea of hitting a satellite and deflecting onto a collision course is ludicrous.
  • Your insistence on deflecting blame away from him is pathetic.
  • Also for the deflecting plates interesting technological problems had to be solved.
  • Due to their absence of electrical charge, deflecting optical beams do not suffer from this limitation.
British Dictionary definitions for deflecting


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 deflecting
1550s, from L. deflectere "to bend aside or downward," from de- "away" + flectere "to bend." Originally transitive, the intrans. sense is first recorded 1640s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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