Di*ver"sion (?), n. [Cf. F.
diversion. See Divert.] 1. 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.
2. 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.
"Public diversions." V. Knox.
Such productions of wit and humor as expose vice and
folly, furnish useful diversion to readers.
3. (Mil.) 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
Syn. -- Amusement; entertainment; pastime; recreation;
sport; game; play; solace; merriment.