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.
1. the angle of deflection
2. The smallest deflection of the missile could bring disaster.
3. Starlight passing close to the sun should experience some deflection.
4. Compatibility will require that the girder deflection at B be zero.
5. This azimuth motion is known as the ballistic deflection error.