di·ver·sion Pronunciation[di-vur-zhuhn, -shuhn, dahy-]

  1. the act of diverting or turning aside, as from a course or purpose: a diversion of industry into the war effort.
  2. a channel made to divert the flow of water from one course to another or to direct the flow of water draining from a piece of ground.
  3. British. a detour on a highway or road.
  4. distraction from business, care, etc.; recreation; amusement; a pastime: Movies are his favorite diversion.
  5. Military. a feint intended to draw off attention from the point of main attack