Full record for deflector n.

OED requirements antedating 1945
Earliest cite 'Murray Leinster', First Contact
Comment Ralf Brown located, and Douglas Winston and Lawrence Watt-Evans independently submitted, a cite from a reprint of Robert Silverberg's "Tower of Glass"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1970 first magazine appearance.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1949 cite from Alfred Coppel, Jr.'s "Runaway".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1977 reprint of Leigh Brackett's "The Veil of Astellar": we would like to verify it in its first publication (Thrilling Wonder Stories, Spring, 1944)
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Sam Carson's "Seed of Tomorrow".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1987 cite from Thomas R. McDonough's "The Architects of Hyperspace".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1946 reprint of "First Contact" by Murray Leinster (pseud. of Will F. Jenkins): Mike Christie verified this in its first publication (Astounding, May 1945)

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Last modified 31 July, 2019

Citations for deflector n.

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1945 ‘M. Leinster’ First Contact in Astounding Sci.-Fiction May 11/1 The blasters are those beams of ravening destruction which take care of recalcitrant meteorites in a spaceship's course when the deflectors can't handle them. They are not designed as weapons, but they can serve as pretty good ones.
1949 A. Coppel Runaway in Planet Stories Spring 33/2 In those days no one had ever heard of deflectors, and a free passage through the Belt was a one in a thousand chance. Yet, being young and a bit cocky, I was willing to attribute it to my own spacemanship.
1956 S. Carson Seed of Tomorrow in Fantastic Universe Apr. 79/2 Ti-5's serpentine bulk was hovering just outside the atmosphere. Presently they saw tiny flames far below as rockets raced toward them. As Ti-5 set the deflectors Donn swore. Rocket after rocket, some of quite formidable dimensions, swerved away and vanished.
1970 R. Silverberg Tower of Glass in Galaxy Mag. June 83/2 In flight, an automatic deflector field surrounds the ship to ward off all oncoming free-floating particles, which of course could be enormously destructive at such velocities.
1977 L. Brackett Veil of Astellar in Best of Leigh Brackett ii. 81 The Belt was dangerous then, before they got the Rosson deflectors?.
1980 J. C. Haldeman II Perry's Planet i. 2 The Enterprise , now with full deflectors, rocked slightly under each impact.
1985 M. W. Bonanno Dwellers in Crucible ii. 44 Vulcan cities were deflector screened against the worst weather.