(Latin: from, away from, off; down; wholly, entirely, utterly, complete; reverse the action of, undo; the negation or reversal of the notion expressed in the primary or root word)
2. To destroy somebody's confidence or to make someone less self-assured or conceited: Mary's ego was deflated when her friends said that they didn't want her to go with them to the beach.
3. To show that an argument is in error: Doug's reason for going on a strict diet was dashed or deflated when he was offered some delicious ice cream!
4. To bring about deflation in the economy or the money supply: The country's economic situation was not good and the amount of available currency was reduced or deflated causing a decline in value or lower prices.
5. Etymology: a referenced to balloons, coinage based on infly'ste; from Latin deflare, meaning "to blow away", but in the modern word the prefix is presented in the sense of "down."
2. A sudden loss of confidence, self-assurance: Sally's mother could see deflation all over her daughter's face when she told her mother that she received a very bad grade in the last German test.
3. A persistent decrease in the level of consumer prices or a persistent increase in the purchasing power of money because of a reduction in available currency and credit: The population was caught up in a time of deflation and the unemployment rate as very high.
4. In geology, the erosion of soil by the wind: Deflation is the mechanical process of sand, dust, or rocks, for example, being ground down, worn away, or even removed by the wind.
Deflation, an economic inconvenience or a serious problem
Economic deflation refers to a decline in general price levels, often caused by a reduction in the supply of money or credit.
Deflation can also be brought about by direct contractions in spending, either in the form of a reduction in government spending, personal spending, or investment spending.
Deflation has often had the side effect of increasing unemployment in an economy, since the process often leads to a lower level of demand by people for products in the various economic areas.
2. Serving to reduce or to destroy someone else's self-assurance or confidence At school, some of the boys in Jane's class made really bad deflationary remarks about her family background.
2. To turn aside or cause to turn aside; to bend or to deviate: Jim was able to deflect being hit by the ball by moving quickly to the side.
3. To direct a person's attention or criticism away from a subject or issue to something else: Patty tried to deflect her friend from noticing the pimple on her nose by wearing her prettiest dress.
4. To force someone to change what he or she is doing or planning to do: The fire deflected the new owners from moving into their newly-built home.
2. The amount or distance by which something is deflected.
3. The act of directing people's attention or criticism away from something.
4. A definite movement of the indicator on a measuring instrument.
5. Engineering the movement of a structure or a part of a structure when it is bearing a load.
6. The act or state of deflecting or the state of being deflected; amount of deviation.
7. The deviation of the indicator of an instrument from the position taken as zero.
8. The angle formed by the line of sight to the target and the line of sight to the point at which a weapon is aimed so as to strike the target.
9. Electronics: In a cathode-ray tube; the bending by a magnetic field of the beam of electrons leaving the electron gun.
2. A selection of a flower or something which is very valuable.