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DEFLECTION

 Dictionary entry overview: What does deflection mean? 

DEFLECTION (noun)
  The noun DEFLECTION has 5 senses:

1. a twist or aberration; especially a perverse or abnormal way of judging or acting
2. the amount by which a propagating wave is bent
3. the movement of the pointer or pen of a measuring instrument from its zero position
4. the property of being bent or deflected
5. a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)

  Familiarity information: DEFLECTION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEFLECTION (noun)


Sense 1deflection [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A twist or aberration; especially a perverse or abnormal way of judging or acting

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

deflection; warp

Hypernyms ("deflection" is a kind of...):

aberrance; aberrancy; aberration; deviance (a state or condition markedly different from the norm)


Sense 2deflection [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The amount by which a propagating wave is bent

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

deflexion; deflection; refraction

Hypernyms ("deflection" is a kind of...):

bend; bending (movement that causes the formation of a curve)


Sense 3deflection [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The movement of the pointer or pen of a measuring instrument from its zero position

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

deflexion; deflection

Hypernyms ("deflection" is a kind of...):

motion; movement (a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something)


Sense 4deflection [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The property of being bent or deflected

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

bending; deflexion; deflection

Hypernyms ("deflection" is a kind of...):

physical property (a property used to characterize physical objects)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "deflection"):

wind deflection; windage (the deflection of a projectile resulting from the effects of wind)

refractiveness; refractivity (the physical property of a medium as determined by its index of refraction)


Sense 5deflection [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

digression; divagation; diversion; deflexion; deflection; deviation

Context examples:

a diversion from the main highway / a digression into irrelevant details / a deflection from his goal

Hypernyms ("deflection" is a kind of...):

turn; turning (the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "deflection"):

red herring (any diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue)


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