What does the word deflect mean?

Usage examples for deflect

  1. It enables people to work for a common end, but just because the few who are strategically placed must choose the concrete objectives, the symbol is also an instrument by which a few can fatten on many, deflect criticism, and seduce men into facing agony for objects they do not understand. – Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann
  2. Jack sprang after him and seized his arm just in time to deflect a bullet he would have fired from a revolver he picked up without. – The Boy Allies Under the Sea by Robert L. Drake
  3. Dared he ask the Major to deflect the bus into Elm Park Road so that he might obtain news of Lois? – The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett