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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Diverter One who, or that which, diverts, turns off, or pleases.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n diverter One who or that which diverts.
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  • Phaedrus
    “The mind ought sometimes to be diverted, that it may return the better to thinking.”
  • Anita Brookner
    “Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence -- a lot passes you by -- simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.”
  • James Allen
    “It is a process of diverting one's scattered forces into one powerful channel.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till grief be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Melancholy, indeed, should be diverted by every means but drinking.”


In literature:

Thus the nurse, knowing the laws of attention, can keep herself alert to divert and direct her patient's thought to wholesome interests.
"Applied Psychology for Nurses" by Mary F. Porter
But suddenly the attention of the mob was diverted from the door.
"The Substitute Prisoner" by Max Marcin
I never saw a party more diverted than were the lookers-on at this dance.
"Continental Monthly, Vol I, Issue I, January 1862" by Various
He is very cautious, you know, and might have diverted me from my purpose.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
All the clamour that was raised against the king could not divert him from prosecuting the scheme of comprehension.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Her announcement about Drew had diverted his thought, but he returned now to his own interests.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
Monthault found he had gone too far, and tried by badinage to divert her resentment.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
I could not divert my mind from the idea that it must be the girl whose name I had never heard.
"The Rector of St. Mark's" by Mary J. Holmes
But this agreement in opinion proved unlucky, diverting, as it did, Ehrenthal's anger against the baron instead.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
The variety of pleasing objects diverted her mind in spite of herself.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
Ver' helful; ver' diverting.
"Jerry" by Jean Webster
Ver' helful; ver' diverting.
"Jerry Junior" by Jean Webster
I colored with vexation, and was glad that Edith came in to divert his attention from me.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
He was very much diverted, and laughed immoderately.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
That will give much pleasure to the Belgians, and will serve to divert your mind.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
This "feint," however, was only made in order to divert our attention, while Buller was concentrating his troops and guns on Spion Kop.
"My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War" by Ben Viljoen
Sir George observed her eyes were red, and, to divert her mind and keep up her spirits, launched into a flow of small talk.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 109, November, 1866" by Various
But they no longer divert me.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
In order to divert his thoughts, he went to the opera, where a ballet was being performed.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
If they did not hear all, the crowd of the curious did not fail to be diverted.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal

In poetry:

And if thou dost not, of thy mercy, deign
To keep me, and those maladies restrain,
I can't myself divert their rage away,
But must to their attacks become a prey.
"A Prayer For A Clergyman, When He Goes To Visit The Sick, Or In The Time Of A Plague" by Rees Prichard
Cease; my pain, perchance my folly,
Cannot be by song diverted;
Music is a power exerted
For the cure of melancholy,
Which in truth it but augmenteth.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
When age comes on, he'll labour to divert
Thy thoughts from God, and penitence sincere,
And ev'ry purpose of thy soul pervert
To muck-worm avarice and worldly care.
"Advice, To Guard Against The Temptations Of The Devil " by Rees Prichard
Set thy affections on the things above,
And let thy thoughts still in those realms abide,
Where nought terrestrial can divert thy love,
And thou must to eternity reside.
"Advice To Serve God" by Rees Prichard
THEY thus proceeded to the beauteous dame;
Soon valets, maids, and others round them came;
The dog and pilgrim gave extreme delight
And all were quite diverted at the sight.
"The Little Dog" by Jean de La Fontaine
You'd better be a tooth-pick made
Than follow the poetic trade;
Unless you can, with powers alert,
Instruct the reader, or divert.
But you'll attain a double worth,
If ever you accomplish both.
"The Pen" by William Hutton

In news:

NEWARK — A Scandinavian Airlines Airbus 330 has been diverted to Bangor International Airport because its cockpit filled with smoke.
Lufthansa Cargo said it will stop diverting freighters to Cologne Airport to avoid a night flight ban at its Frankfurt hub, saying the diversion is too costly and has resulted in a loss of customers.
The official EHEDG Type EL Class I certificates of compliance were recently given to hygienic CIP rotary valves and a hygienic CIP plug diverter valve.
Project Compost is a student-run ASUCD unit on campus that hosts composting workshops for the community and diverts about 1,000 pounds of compostable waste from campus each week to the Student Farm for composting .
The new city-wide program builds on the principle of diverting organic waste and compost from landfill sites.
The fire engine was stopped on the inside lane of southbound traffic with emergency lights activated and with traffic cones diverting traffic around it.
As soon as it ended my focus was immediately diverted toward producing a special grilling section, which I hope you found in your Sunday edition.
Water diverted from the Mississippi River spills through a bay in the Morganza Spillway in Morganza, La.
Somewhere near Gettysburg, Pa. Sizzlin' Summer Our annual comprehensive guide to surviving, thriving, and diverting yourself until September.
Carmona has forced conservatives to divert resources to what should have been a safe GOP seat and opened another unexpected path for Democrats to keep the Senate.
New Genesee County program would divert some former GIs from criminal court .
Media trying to ' divert ' from real issues with focus on foreign gaffes.
The Transportation Security Administration said the plane was diverted "out of an abundance of caution" and its officers also responded.
File Photo Gov Snyder better hope that news of Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement from the Red Wings diverts outstate Michigan's attention from his latest speech.
States have diverted $974 million from this year's landmark mortgage settlement to pay down budget deficits or fund programs unrelated to the foreclosure crisis, according to a ProPublica analysis.

In science:

Thus, in some settings, outliers detection limits the ability of an adversary to divert the result.
Threshold-Controlled Global Cascading in Wireless Sensor Networks
The Nb foil excludes magnetic fields while the Metglas diverts any trapped flux away from the SQUIDs.
Prototype finline-coupled TES bolometers for CLOVER
The chip holder has a well in the centre to divert excess epoxy away from the suspended nitride island.
Prototype finline-coupled TES bolometers for CLOVER
The impure squeezed state in mode 1 then encounters the beam splitter with transmissivity T, which diverts light into mode 3.
Methods for Producing Optical Coherent State Superpositions
Difficulties students experience when encounter the mathematical apparatus might divert them from pursuing the career of a physicist.
A simple model for describing a lattice with a double occupancy
Thus some of the energy available for repulsion can be diverted from changing the CM velocity into cloud distortion.
Prototyping method for Bragg-type atom interferometers
The diverted light is detected with a classical detector to provide a timing signal.
Quantum Cryptography
The non-diverted light propagates then through an attenuator and a optical delay line – consisting simply of an optical fiber spool – whose role will be explained later.
Quantum Cryptography
The remaining part of the laser power is diverted to another telescope, which points towards the other spacecraft.
New Concept for Testing General Relativity: The Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity (LATOR) Mission
This path is uniquely defined never to divert into interaction lines; within diagrams of this script it runs straight upwards.
A Table of Third and Fourth Order Feynman Diagrams of the Interacting Fermion Green's Function
The remaining part of the laser power is diverted to another telescope, which points toward the other spacecraft.
The Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity
That is, Bb is a field of finite magnetic flux in the surface, which diverts the normal component Bn in a field along ∇Ψ.
A Universal Magnetic Helicity Integral
Pext ; see § 3.4) that was diverted into the entropy cascade at the ion gyroscale, and is the cascade time that we now need to find.
Astrophysical gyrokinetics: kinetic and fluid turbulent cascades in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas
Resolution of this issue again appears to hinge on the question of how much turbulent power is diverted into the ion entropy cascade (equivalently, into ion heat) at the ion gyroscale (see § 8.2.2).
Astrophysical gyrokinetics: kinetic and fluid turbulent cascades in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas
First, the leakage current through the breakdown path in M2 diverts a large portion of the current supplied by M1 to charge the gate capacitance of M2.
Circuit-Level Modeling for Concurrent Testing of Operational Defects due to Gate Oxide Breakdown