Definition of Refract

1. Verb. Subject to refraction. "Refract a light beam"

Category relationships: Optics
Generic synonyms: Subject
Derivative terms: Refraction, Refractive, Refractive



2. Verb. Determine the refracting power of (a lens).
Generic synonyms: Ascertain, Determine, Find, Find Out
Derivative terms: Refractive, Refractive

Definition of Refract

1. v. t. To bend sharply and abruptly back; to break off.

Definition of Refract

1. Verb. (intransitive of light) To change direction as a result of entering a different medium ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) (''Optics'') To cause (light) to change direction as a result of entering a different medium. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Refract

1. to deflect in a particular manner, as a ray of light [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Refract

1. 1. To change the direction of a ray of light. 2. To detect an error of refraction and to correct it by means of lenses. Origin: L. Refringo, pp. -fractus, to break up (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Refract

refortifying
reforward
reforwarded
reforwarding
reforwards
refossion
refought
refound
refoundation
refoundations
refounded
refounder
refounders
refounding
refounds
refract (current term)
refractable
refracted
refracted light
refractile
refracting
refracting angle of a prism
refracting telescope
refracting telescopes
refraction
refractionist
refractionometer
refractions
refractive
refractive accommodative esotropia

Literary usage of Refract

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1. Refugium Botanicum: Or Figures and Descriptions from Living Specimens, of ...by William Wilson Saunders, Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach, John Gilbert Baker by William Wilson Saunders, Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach, John Gilbert Baker (1882)
"Lip with a linear equal claw, and a refract trifid hastate lamina. Lateral lacinia of the lamina nearly quadrate or ..."

2. The British and Foreign Medical Review: Or Quarterly Journal of Practical (1844)
"These globules are speckled with nuclei or granules, refract the light strongly, and when rolled on by the current, some of them become pear-shaped from ..."

3. Organon of Science: Three Books in One Volume by John Harrison Stinson (1879)
"... which refract light in this manner; but it is either an' a cause at all, or at best it is not of itself THE cause, since all crystaline substances do ..."

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