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deflect (verb) change the direction of.

A magnet deflects an electric current, that is, it changes the direction of the current. When you try to deflect something that you fear may hit you, you try to fend it off, by changing the direction of it. 'The metal sheet behind which he was hiding deflected the bullet.' This means that the metal sheet which the bullet hit changed its direction.

  • When light rays hit a mirror they deflect in different angles and such a deflection results in reflection.
  • A person should be like rubber - just as rubber deflects upon hitting any hard surface, a person should be able to rise up whenever they 'fall' on problems.
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