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Definition turn aside from a fixed direction or line of interest
  • deflect blame from herself
  • trucks designed to deflect improvised-explosive-device blasts
  • Discipline does not mean being molded by outside forces, but sticking to one's road against the forces that would deflect or bury the soul.
    Randolph Silliman Bourne
  • After all, she had perhaps purposely deflected the conversation from her own affairs, and after the pain his last words had evidently caused her he felt that all he could do was to follow her lead.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • The ionosphere deflects radio waves.
  • We kept inching backward, dodging acid splashes and deflecting snapping heads without cutting them off, but I knew we were only postponing our deaths.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • deflecting = turning away (turning aside from a fixed direction)
  • The orange vendor deflects this nonsense with a yawn.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Count Rugen was a bit surprised that his point had been deflected, but there was nothing wrong with piercing a helpless man's shoulder.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Janza's fist sank into his lower stomach but Jerry had deflected part of the force of the blow.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • The bullet had made a shallow penetration and deflected away.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • He flung some at Percy, who instinctively deflected it with his will.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • "Vogel," Lewis continued, "how far can we deflect in thirty-nine minutes with the ion engines?"
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • Geyer would have agreed, except that his own search had revealed again and again Holmes's talent for deflecting scrutiny.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • It had been decided to deflect the upline a few kilometres to the west.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Another thing I did to deflect the course of my thoughts was to listen to my heart.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • The method was to refuse to deflect retribution.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It then pierces the governor's wrist and deflects off the bones and into his left thigh, where it finally comes to rest.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • A shot through the windshield was almost certain to miss because of light refraction or bullet deflection.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Ronnie would not be deflected, not this time.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Mysteries, like irony, make great use of deflection.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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