Definition of Prism

1. Noun. A polyhedron with two congruent and parallel faces (the bases) and whose lateral faces are parallelograms.




2. Noun. Optical device having a triangular shape and made of glass or quartz; used to deviate a beam or invert an image.
Exact synonyms: Optical Prism
Group relationships: Biprism, Prism Spectroscope, Spectroscope, Scope, Telescope
Specialized synonyms: Erecting Prism
Generic synonyms: Optical Device
Derivative terms: Prismatic, Prismatic

Definition of Prism

1. n. A solid whose bases or ends are any similar, equal, and parallel plane figures, and whose sides are parallelograms.

Definition of Prism

1. Noun. (geometry) A polyhedron with parallel ends of the same size and shape, the other faces being parallelogram-shaped sides. ¹

2. Noun. A transparent block in the shape of a prism (typically with triangular ends), used to split or reflect light. ¹

3. Noun. A crystal in which the faces are parallel to the vertical axis. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Prism

1. a solid which disperses light into a spectrum [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Prism

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priour
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prise de fer
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prisere
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prisers
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prism (current term)
prism spectroscope
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prismatine
prismatoid
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prismatoids

Literary usage of Prism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Mirrors, Prisms and Lenses: A Text-book of Geometrical Optics by James Powell Cocke Southall (1918)
"For example, the deviation in the case of a thin glass prism surrounded by air for ... 5 is one-half the refracting angle. 61. Power of an Ophthalmic prism. ..."

2. Manual of Petrographic Methods by Albert Johannsen (1918)
"Talbot prism (1872).—In order to reduce the amount of Iceland spar necessary to make a nicol prism, Talbot,1 in 1872, constructed one in which one-half was ..."

3. Manual of Petrographic Methods by Albert Johannsen (1918)
"Talbot prism (1872).—In order to reduce the amount of Iceland spar necessary to make a nicol prism, Talbot,1 in 1872, constructed one in which one-half was ..."

4. Manual of Petrographic Methods by Albert Johannsen (1914)
"Talbot prism (1872).—In order to reduce the amount of Iceland spar necessary to make a nicol prism, Talbot,1 in 1872, constructed one in which one-half was ..."

5. Manual of Petrographic Methods by Albert Johannsen (1914)
"Talbot prism (1872).—In order to reduce the amount of Iceland spar necessary to make a nicol prism, Talbot,1 in 1872, constructed one in which one-half was ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"If now this emergent beam be examined through a prism and the naked eye as ... This serves to condense the entire beam which emerges from the prism and ..."

7. The Theory of Light by Thomas Preston (1890)
"Hence if the angle of incidence of the ordinary ray on the balsam is equal to or greater than 69° 30', total reflection will occur. 175. Foucault's prism. ..."

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