Di*ver"sion (?), n. [Cf. F. diversion. See Divert.]
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.
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.
Such productions of wit and humor as expose vice and folly, furnish useful diversion to readers.
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.
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