Meaning of DEFLECTION in English

-kshən noun

( -s )

Etymology: Latin deflexin-, deflexio, from deflexus (past participle of deflectere ) + -ion-, -io -ion


a. : a turning aside : the state of being turned aside : a turning from a straight line or given course : a bending especially downward : deviation especially of a shot from its true course

b. : a result of bending or turning away : curve , bend , turn , deviation

2. : the bending of one curve away from another or from a straight line


a. : the deviation of the neutral axis (as of a beam or girder) under stress from its normal position

b. : the vertical distance between the points of suspension in a suspension bridge and the axis of the lowest part of the chain


a. : the horizontal angle between the line of sighting and the axis of the bore of a gun

b. : a setting on the scale of a gunsight such that when the line of sighting is on the aiming point the piece is correctly laid for direction


a. : the turning aside or bending of radiation from a straight course

deflection of light due to diffraction

deflection of an electron beam in a magnetic field

— called also deviation

b. : the angular departure of an indicator or pointer from the zero reading on a scale

deflection of an ammeter


[ de- + in flection ]

: the loss of grammatical inflections

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