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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
 
Class II. Words Relating to Space
Section IV. Motion
4. Motion with Reference to Direction
 
279. Deviation.
 
  
NOUN:DEVIATION; swerving &c. v.; obliquation [obs.], warp, refraction; flection or flexion; sweep; deflection, deflexure; declination.
  DIVERSION, digression, departure from, aberration, drift, sheer, divergence [See Divergence]; zigzag; detour (circuit) [See Circuit]; divagation, disorientation, exorbitation [rare].
  [DESULTORY MOTION] wandering &c. v.; vagrancy, evagation [obs.]; bypaths and crooked ways; byroad.
  [MOTION SIDEWAYS, OBLIQUE MOTION] sidling &c. v.; gybe or jibe, tack, yaw [all naut.]; passage, right passage, left passage [manège]; echelon [mil.]; knight’s move at chess.
  
VERB:DEVIATE, alter one’s course, depart from, turn, trend; bend, curve [See Curvature]; swerve, heel, bear off; gybe or jibe, break, yaw, wear, sheer, tack [all naut.].
  DEFLECT; intervert [obs.]; divert, divert from its course; put on a new scent; shift, shunt [Brit.], switch [U. S.], draw aside, crook, warp.
  STRAY, straggle; sidle, edge; diverge [See Divergence]; tralineate [obs.], digress, wander; wind, twist, meander; veer, divagate; go astray, go adrift; lose one’s way; ramble, rove, drift.
  SIDETRACK; turn aside, turn a corner, turn away from; wheel, steer clear of; dodge; step aside, ease off, make way for, shy, jib.
  GLANCE OFF, fly off at a tangent; wheel about, face about; turn -, face- to the right-about; echelon [mil.]; waddle (oscillate) [See Oscillation]; go out of one’s way &c. (perform a circuit) [See Circuit].
  
ADJECTIVE:DEVIATING &c. v.; aberrant, errant; excursive, discursive; devious, desultory, loose; rambling; stray, erratic, vagrant, undirected; circuitous, round-about, crooked, sidelong, indirect, zigzag; crab-like.
  
ADVERB:ASTRAY FROM, round about, wide of the mark; to the right about; all manner of ways; circuitously [See Circuit].
  OBLIQUELY, sideling, sidelong, like the knight’s move [chess].
  
QUOTATION:With Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.—Bible

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