from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To turn aside or cause to turn aside; bend or deviate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make (something) deviate from its original path.
  • v. To deviate from its original path.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To turn aside; to deviate from a right or a horizontal line, or from a proper position, course or direction; to swerve.
  • transitive v. To cause to turn aside; to bend.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cause to turn aside; turn or bend from a right line or a regular course.
  • To turn away or aside; deviate from a true course or a right line; swerve.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. draw someone's attention away from something
  • v. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
  • v. turn aside and away from an initial or intended course
  • v. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
  • v. turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest


Latin dēflectere : dē-, de- + flectere, to bend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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