deflect

Definition of deflect

de`flect´   Pronunciation: dė`flĕkt´
v. t.1.To cause to turn aside; to bend; as, rays of light are often deflected; to deflect a punch; to deflect criticism by acknowledging a mistake.
[imp. & p. p. Deflected; p. pr. & vb. n. Deflecting.]
Sitting with their knees deflected under them.
- Lord (1630).
v. i.1.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. Browne.
To deflect from the line of truth and reason.
- Warburton.

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