AskDefine | Define deflect

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1 prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike" [syn: debar, obviate, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off]
2 turn from a straight course , fixed direction, or line of interest [syn: bend, turn away]
3 turn aside [syn: deviate]
4 draw someone's attention away from something; "The thief distracted the bystanders"; "He deflected his competitors" [syn: distract]
5 impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack" [syn: parry, block]

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  1. To make (sth) deviate from original path.
  2. To deviate from original path.

Extensive Definition

Deflection or deflexion may refer to:
deflect in German: Ablenkung
deflect in Spanish: Pendientes y deformaciones en vigas
deflect in French: Flexion (matériau)

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