Definition of Angle of incidence

1. Noun. The angle that a line makes with a line perpendicular to the surface at the point of incidence.

Exact synonyms: Incidence Angle
Generic synonyms: Angle
Specialized synonyms: Angle Of Attack, Critical Angle

Definition of Angle of incidence

1. Noun. (optics physics) The angle that a straight line, ray of light, etc., meeting a surface, makes with a normal to the surface at the point of meeting. ¹

2. Noun. (aeronautics) The angle, usually fixed, between the chord line of a wing or horizontal stabilizer and the axis of the fuselage, measured at the root. In UK called the angle of attack. ¹

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Medical Definition of Angle of incidence

1. The angle that a ray entering a refracting medium makes with a line drawn perpendicular to the surface of this medium, the angle that a ray striking a reflecting surface makes with a line perpendicular to this surface. Synonym: incident angle. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Angle Of Incidence

angle of Fuchs
angle of anomaly
angle of antetorsion
angle of anteversion
angle of aperture
angle of attack
angle of convergence
angle of declination
angle of depression
angle of deviation
angle of dip
angle of eccentricity
angle of emergence
angle of extinction
angle of femoral torsion
angle of incidence (current term)
angle of inclination
angle of iris
angle of jaw
angle of mandible
angle of polarization
angle of reflection
angle of refraction
angle of repose
angle of torsion
angle of view
angle quote

Literary usage of Angle of incidence

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1. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1878)
"Now the line A and the dotted line reaching from о to x make the angle of incidence, and the angle between в and the line from о to X is the angle of ..."

2. Mathematical and Physical Papers by Sir George Gabriel Stokes, Baron John William Strutt Rayleigh (1901)
"As the angle of incidence increases the bands become finer and finer, and after they have become too fine to be distinguished by the naked eye they may ..."

3. Report of the Annual Meeting (1877)
"When the ring» formed between glass and glass are viewed in this way, we know that as the angle of incidence is increased the rings one by one open out, ..."

4. The English Works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury by Thomas Hobbes (1839)
"The angle of incidence is the complement to a right angle of the angle of inclination. ... The angle of inclination is ABG or HB C. The angle of incidence ..."

5. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1879)
"Had the retarding plate really been "a quarter undulation plate " for light of any given wave-length, the angle of incidence at which it was reflected as ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1890)
"As the angle of incidence passes through the polarizing angle, the reflected vibration changes sign, and increases in numerical value until it atteins unity ..."

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