Definition of deflection noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈflekʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈflekʃn//
[uncountable, countable, usually singular]
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a sudden change in the direction that something is moving in, usually after it has hit something; the act of causing something to change direction the angle of deflection the deflection of the missile away from its target The goal was scored with a deflection off the goalkeeper. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from late Latin deflexio(n-), from deflectere ‘bend away’, from de- ‘away from’ + flectere ‘to bend’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: deflection