di·ver·sion /dəˈvɝʒən, daɪ, ʃən/
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.”
Such productions of wit and humor as expose vice and folly, furnish useful diversion to readers. --Addison.
3. Mil. The act of drawing the attention and force of an enemy from the point where the principal attack is to be made; the attack, alarm, or feint which diverts.
Syn: -- Amusement; entertainment; pastime; recreation; sport; game; play; solace; merriment.
n 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]