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(1)   A turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
"A diversion from the main highway"
"A digression into irrelevant details"
"A deflection from his goal"
(2)   An activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates
"Scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"
"For recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"
"Drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"
(3)   An attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack


< < < , pp. ; see divert.


  1. A tactic used to draw attention away from the real threat or action.
  2. A hobby; an activity that distracts the mind.
  3. The act of diverting.
  4. Removal of water via a canal.
  5. A detour, such as during road construction
  6. 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.
  7. Officially halting or suspending a formal criminal or juvenile justice proceeding and referral of the accused person to a treatment or care program.