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Webster 1913 Edition


Diversion

Di-ver′sion

,
Noun.
[Cf. F.
diversion
. See
Divert
.]
1.
The act of turning aside from any course, occupation, or object;
as, the
diversion
of a stream from its channel;
diversion
of the mind from business.
2.
That which diverts; that which turns or draws the mind from care or study, and thus relaxes and amuses; sport; play; pastime;
as, the
diversions
of youth
.
“Public diversions.”
V. Knox.
Such productions of wit and humor as expose vice and folly, furnish useful
diversion
to readers.
Addison.
Syn. – Amusement; entertainment; pastime; recreation; sport; game; play; solace; merriment.

Webster 1828 Edition


Diversion

DIVERSION

,
Noun.
[L., to divert.]
1.
The act of turning aside from any course; as the diversion of a stream from its usual channel; the diversion of a purpose to another object; the diversion of the mind from business or study.
2.
That which diverts; that which turns or draws the mind from care, business or study, and thus relaxes and amuses; sport; play; pastime; whatever unbends the mind; as the diversion of youth. Works of wit and humor furnish an agreeable diversion to the studious.
3.
In war, the act of drawing the attention and force of an enemy from the point where the principal attack is to be made, as by an attack or alarm on one wing of an army, when the other wing or center is intended for the principal attack. The enemy, if deceived, is thus induced to withdraw a part of his force from the part where his foe intends to make the main impression.

Definition 2023


diversion

diversion

See also: diversión

English

Noun

diversion (plural diversions)

  1. (military) A tactic used to draw attention away from the real threat or action.
  2. A hobby; an activity that distracts the mind.
    • 1640, Thomas Hobbes, The Elements of Law:
      Of those therefore that have attained to the highest degree of honour and riches, some have affected mastery in some art; as Nero in music and poetry, Commodus in the art of a gladiator. And such as affect not some such thing, must find diversion and recreation of their thoughts in the contention either of play, or business.
  3. The act of diverting.
    • 1983, U.S. v. Sun Myung Moon 718 F.2d 1210 (1983):
      Further, in response to the trust defense raised at trial, the court did properly instruct the jury on partial diversion when it charged that the funds diverted to Moon's personal use became taxable "to the extent so diverted." Obviously, the word "divert" is in common enough use and understandable by ordinary jurors, so as to require no explanatory charge.
    • 2013 September 14, Jane Shilling, “The Golden Thread: the Story of Writing, by Ewan Clayton, review [print edition: Illuminating language]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review), page R29:
      Though his account of written communication over the past 5,000 years necessarily has a powerful forward momentum, his diversions down the fascinating byways of the subject are irresistible ...
  4. Removal of water via a canal.
  5. (transport) A detour, such as during road construction
  6. (transport) The rerouting of cargo or passengers to a new transshipment point or destination, or to a different mode of transportation before arrival at the ultimate destination[1].
  7. (law) Officially halting or suspending a formal criminal or juvenile justice proceeding and referral of the accused person to a treatment or care program.

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External links

  • diversion in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • diversion in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

References

  1. US FM 55-15 TRANSPORTATION REFERENCE DATA; 9 June 1886

French

Noun

diversion f (plural diversions)

  1. pastime, diversion, entertainment

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