What does the word diversion mean?

Usage examples for diversion

  1. When the Virginia riflemen appeared, however, there was less of this diversion. – The Siege of Boston by Allen French
  2. And so the fight might have lasted till all were down but for a startling diversion. – The Red-Blooded Heroes of the Frontier by Edgar Beecher Bronson
  3. Arthur takes Violet; the professor, Laura; and here Gertrude makes a sort of diversion and has the sympathy of both gentlemen. – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas