WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
di•ver•sion /dɪˈvɜrʒən, daɪ-/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- the act of diverting: [countable]a diversion of industry into the war effort.[uncountable]urging diversion of resources toward the poor and middle classes.
- a distraction away from business, care, or what one is paying attention to:I took advantage of the diversion to scribble a note.
- a recreation or pastime:His only diversion these days is golf.
- Military[countable] a false attack intended to draw off attention from the point of main attack.
- Civil Engineering[countable] a channel made to change the flow of water from one course to another.
- British Terms[countable]a detour on a highway or road.
(di vûr′zhən, -shən, dī-),USA pronunciation n.
- the act of diverting or turning aside, as from a course or purpose:a diversion of industry into the war effort.
- a channel made to divert the flow of water from one course to another or to direct the flow of water draining from a piece of ground.
- British Termsa detour on a highway or road.
- distraction from business, care, etc.;
a pastime:Movies are his favorite diversion.
- Militarya feint intended to draw off attention from the point of main attack.
- Medieval Latin dīversiōn- (stem of dīversiō), equivalent. to Latin dīvers(us) diverse + -iōn- -ion
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
diversion /daɪˈvɜːʃən/ n
diˈversional, diˈversionary adj
- the act of diverting from a specified course
- chiefly Brit an official detour used by traffic when a main route is closed
- something that distracts from business, etc; amusement
- a feint attack designed to draw an enemy away from the main attack
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