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Meaning of DEFLECT

Pronunciation:  di'flekt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball), as in sports or fights; "block an attack"
  2. [v]  draw someone's attention away from something; "The thief distracted the bystanders"; "He deflected his competitors"
  3. [v]  turn aside
  4. [v]  turn from a straight course , fixed direction, or line of interest
  5. [v]  prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"

DEFLECT is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: avert, avoid, bend, block, debar, deviate, distract, fend off, head off, obviate, parry, stave off, turn away, ward off
 See Also: confuse, disconcert, fence, flurry, forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, put off, turn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*flect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deflected}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Deflecting}.] [L. deflectere; de- + flectere to bend
    or turn. See {Flexible}.]
    To cause to turn aside; to bend; as, rays of light are often
          Sitting with their knees deflected under them. --Lord
  2. \De*flect"\, v. i.
    To turn aside; to deviate from a right or a horizontal line,
    or from a proper position, course or direction; to swerve.
          At some part of the Azores, the needle deflecteth not,
          but lieth in the true meridian.          --Sir T.
          To deflect from the line of truth and reason.
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