a. The act of deflecting or the condition of being deflected.
b. Sports A shot or pass that is sent without stopping in a different direction by a second offensive player.
a. Deviation or a specified amount of deviation.
b. The deviation of an indicator of a measuring instrument from zero or from its normal position.
c. The movement of a structure or structural part as a result of stress.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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