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Meaning of DIVERSION

Pronunciation:  di'vurzhun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern); "a diversion from the main highway"; "a digression into irrelevant details"; "a deflection from his goal"
  2. [n]  an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"
  3. [n]  an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack

DIVERSION is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: deflection, deflexion, deviation, digression, divagation, diversionary attack, recreation
 See Also: activity, amusement, antic, athletics, attack, bathing, caper, celebration, child's play, dance, dancing, diversionary landing, entertainment, escapade, escape, escapism, eurhythmics, eurhythmy, eurythmics, eurythmy, festivity, frolic, fun, gambling, gambol, game, gaming, interest, jest, jocularity, joke, lark, merriment, onrush, onset, onslaught, pastime, play, playfulness, prank, pursuit, put-on, red herring, romp, saltation, sport, terpsichore, trick, turn, turning



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Di*ver"sion\, n. [Cf. F. diversion. See {Divert}.]
1. The act of turning aside from any course, occupation, or
   object; as, the diversion of a stream from its channel;
   diversion of the mind from business.

2. That which diverts; that which turns or draws the mind
   from care or study, and thus relaxes and amuses; sport;
   play; pastime; as, the diversions of youth. ``Public
   diversions.'' --V. Knox.

         Such productions of wit and humor as expose vice and
         folly, furnish useful diversion to readers.

3. (Mil.) The act of drawing the attention and force of an
   enemy from the point where the principal attack is to be
   made; the attack, alarm, or feint which diverts.

Syn: Amusement; entertainment; pastime; recreation; sport;
     game; play; solace; merriment.

Biology Dictionary
  1. The direction of water in a stream away from its natural course (i.e., as in a diversion that removes water from a stream for human use).
  2. Draft of water from one channel to another.
  3. Interception of runoff by works which discharge it through unnatural channels.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: The process of removing some minor criminal, traffic, or juvenile cases from the full judicial process, on the condition that the accused undergo some sort of rehabilitation or make restitution for damages.
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