Deflection

Definition of Deflection

De`flec´tion
n.1.The act of turning aside, or state of being turned aside; a turning from a right line or proper course; a bending, esp. downward; deviation.
The other leads to the same point, through certain deflections.
- Lowth.
2.(Gunnery) The deviation of a shot or ball from its true course.
3.(Opt.) A deviation of the rays of light toward the surface of an opaque body; inflection; diffraction.
4.(Engin.) The bending which a beam or girder undergoes from its own weight or by reason of a load.

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