diversion

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From French diversion, from Medieval Latin diversio, from Latin divertere, past participle diversus (to divert); see divert.

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

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diversion f (plural diversions)

  1. pastime, diversion, entertainment

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