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deflect


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deflect  \De*flect"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Deflected};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Deflecting}.]  [L.  deflectere  de-  +  flectere  to  bend 
  or  turn.  See  {Flexible}.] 
  To  cause  to  turn  aside;  to  bend;  as  rays  of  light  are  often 
  deflected. 
 
  Sitting  with  their  knees  deflected  under  them  --Lord 
  (1630). 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deflect  \De*flect"\,  v.  i. 
  To  turn  aside;  to  deviate  from  a  right  or  a  horizontal  line 
  or  from  a  proper  position,  course  or  direction;  to  swerve. 
 
  At  some  part  of  the  Azores,  the  needle  deflecteth  not 
  but  lieth  in  the  true  meridian.  --Sir  T. 
  Browne. 
 
  To  deflect  from  the  line  of  truth  and  reason. 
  --Warburton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  deflect 
  v  1:  prevent  the  occurrence  of  prevent  from  happening;  "Let's 
  avoid  a  confrontation";  "head  off  a  confrontation"; 
  "avert  a  strike"  [syn:  {debar},  {obviate},  {avert},  {head 
  off},  {stave  off},  {fend  off},  {avoid},  {ward  off}] 
  2:  turn  from  a  straight  course  or  fixed  direction  [syn:  {bend}, 
  {turn  away}] 
  3:  turn  aside  [syn:  {deviate}] 
  4:  draw  someone's  attention  away  from  something  [syn:  {distract}, 
  {draw  away}] 
  5:  impede  the  movement  of  (an  opponent  or  a  ball),  as  in  sports 
  or  fights;  "block  an  attack"  [syn:  {parry},  {block}] 




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