What does the word deflection mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Henry James