Part of speech: noun

Turning aside; deviation.

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Usage examples "deflection":

  1. The answer to this first question is linked to the solution of another, viz, whether the degrees deflection are a direct expression of the measure of the magnetic force or not. - "The Earliest Electromagnetic Instruments", Robert A. Chipman.
  2. For they know that the deflection of a single point upon the prairies- above all, upon the Staked Plain- will leave the traveller, like a ship at sea without chart or compass, to steer by guesswork, or go drifting at sheer chance. - "The Lone Ranche", Captain Mayne Reid.
  3. Mamma would be very particular, ' the girl rejoined; and this was said simply, sympathetically, without the least appearance of deflection from that loyalty which Raymond deplored. - "A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly", Henry James.