deflection









deflection


noun

  1. the act or state of deflecting or the state of being deflected.
  2. amount of deviation.
  3. the deviation of the indicator of an instrument from the position taken as zero.
  4. Optics. deviation(def 5a).
  5. Military. the angle formed by the line of sight to the target and the line of sight to the point at which a gun is aimed so as to strike the target.
  6. Electronics. (in a cathode-ray tube) the bending by a magnetic field of the beam of electrons leaving the electron gun.

noun

  1. the act of deflecting or the state of being deflected
  2. the amount of deviation
  3. the change in direction of a light beam as it crosses a boundary between two media with different refractive indexes
  4. a deviation of the indicator of a measuring instrument from its zero position
  5. the movement of a structure or structural member when subjected to a load
n.

also (and with more etymological propriety) deflexion, c.1600, from Latin deflexionem, noun of action from past participle stem of deflectere (see deflect). Both forms were present 17c., but the spelling with -c- has come to predominate.

n.

  1. A turning aside or deviation.
  2. The deviation of an indicator in a measuring instrument, such as an electrocardiograph, from zero or from its normal position.

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