AskDefine | Define diversion

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1 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" [syn: recreation]
2 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" [syn: deviation, digression, deflection, deflexion, divagation]
3 an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack [syn: diversionary attack]

User Contributed Dictionary



/daɪˈvɜːʃən/, /daI"v3:S@n/


  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. In the context of "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.

Related terms


tactic used to draw attention away from the real threat or action
hobby; an activity that distracts the mind
act of diverting
removal of water via a canal
rerouting of cargo or passengers to a new transshipment point or destination

See also



  1. pastime, diversion, entertainment

Related terms



Extensive Definition

Diversion may refer to:
Diversion may also be:
  • A distraction
  • The removal of water via a canal
  • A detour, such as during road construction
  • A hobby or other thing done during spare time
  • Illegal takings of money or food aid from a supply
diversion in Slovenian: Diverzija

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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