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 for deflection
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Deflection \De*flec"tion\, n. [L. deflexio, fr. deflectere: cf.
     F. d['e]flexion.]
     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.
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              The other leads to the same point, through certain
              deflections.                          --Lowth.
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     2. (Gunnery) The deviation of a shot or ball from its true
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     3. (Opt.) A deviation of the rays of light toward the surface
        of an opaque body; inflection; diffraction.
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     4. (Engin.) The bending which a beam or girder undergoes from
        its own weight or by reason of a load.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a twist or aberration; especially a perverse or abnormal
           way of judging or acting [syn: deflection, warp]
      2: the amount by which a propagating wave is bent [syn:
         deflection, deflexion, refraction]
      3: the movement of the pointer or pen of a measuring instrument
         from its zero position [syn: deflection, deflexion]
      4: the property of being bent or deflected [syn: deflection,
         deflexion, bending]
      5: a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern); "a
         diversion from the main highway"; "a digression into
         irrelevant details"; "a deflection from his goal" [syn:
         diversion, deviation, digression, deflection,
         deflexion, divagation]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  96 Moby Thesaurus words for "deflection":
     L, S-curve, aberration, angle, apex, atmospheric attenuation, bend,
     bending, bifurcation, bight, blind spots, bow, bowing, cant,
     chevron, circuitousness, clutter, coin, conflexure, corner, crank,
     crook, crosswiseness, crotchet, declination, defile, deflexure,
     deflower, departing, departure, deviance, deviation, deviousness,
     diagonality, diffraction, diffusion, digression, dispersion,
     distortion, divagation, divergence, diversion, dogleg, elbow, ell,
     excursion, false echoes, flection, flex, flexure, force, fork,
     furcation, geanticline, geosyncline, ground clutter, hairpin turn,
     hook, indirection, indirectness, inflection, knee, meander,
     nonconformity, nook, obliqueness, obliquity, outrage, oxbow, point,
     quoin, ravish, reflection, refraction, scatter, sea clutter,
     skewness, spoil, squint, superrefraction, sweep, swerve, swerving,
     torsion, transverseness, turn, turning, twisting, vagary, veer,
     veering, vertex, violate, zag, zig, zigzag

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