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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Deflection  \De*flec"tion\,  n.  [L.  deflexio,  fr  deflectere:  cf 
  F.  d['e]flexion.] 
  1.  The  act  of  turning  aside,  or  state  of  being  turned  aside; 
  a  turning  from  a  right  line  or  proper  course;  a  bending, 
  esp.  downward;  deviation. 
 
  The  other  leads  to  the  same  point,  through  certain 
  deflections.  --Lowth. 
 
  2.  (Gunnery)  The  deviation  of  a  shot  or  ball  from  its  true 
  course. 
 
  3.  (Opt.)  A  deviation  of  the  rays  of  light  toward  the  surface 
  of  an  opaque  body;  inflection;  diffraction. 
 
  4.  (Engin.)  The  bending  which  a  beam  or  girder  undergoes  from 
  its  own  weight  or  by  reason  of  a  load. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  deflection 
  n  1:  a  twist  or  aberration;  especially  a  perverse  or  abnormal  way 
  of  judging  or  acting  [syn:  {warp}] 
  2:  the  amount  by  which  a  propagating  wave  is  bent  [syn:  {deflexion}, 
  {refraction}] 
  3:  the  movement  of  the  pointer  or  pen  of  a  measuring  instrument 
  from  its  zero  position  [syn:  {deflexion}] 
  4:  the  property  of  being  bent  or  deflected  [syn:  {deflexion},  {bending}] 
  5:  a  turning  aside  (of  your  course  or  attention  or  concern):  "a 
  diversion  from  the  main  highway";  "a  digression  into 
  irrelevant  details";  "a  deflection  from  his  goal"  [syn:  {diversion}, 
  {deviation},  {digression},  {deflexion}] 




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