Prismatic colors
Prismatic Pris*mat"ic, Prismatical Pris*mat"ic*al, a. [Cf. F. prismatique.] 1. Resembling, or pertaining to, a prism; as, a prismatic form or cleavage. [1913 Webster]

2. Separated or distributed by a prism; formed by a prism; as, prismatic colors. [1913 Webster]

3. (Crystallog.) Same as {Orthorhombic}. [1913 Webster]

{Prismatic borax} (Chem.), borax crystallized in the form of oblique prisms, with ten molecules of water; -- distinguished from octahedral borax.

{Prismatic colors} (Opt.), the seven colors into which light is resolved when passed through a prism; primary colors. See {Primary colors}, under {Color}.

{Prismatic compass} (Surv.), a compass having a prism for viewing a distant object and the compass card at the same time.

{Prismatic spectrum} (Opt.), the spectrum produced by the passage of light through a prism. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Prismatic — Pris*mat ic, Prismatical Pris*mat ic*al, a. [Cf. F. prismatique.] 1. Resembling, or pertaining to, a prism; as, a prismatic form or cleavage. [1913 Webster] 2. Separated or distributed by a prism; formed by a prism; as, prismatic colors. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prismatic borax — Prismatic Pris*mat ic, Prismatical Pris*mat ic*al, a. [Cf. F. prismatique.] 1. Resembling, or pertaining to, a prism; as, a prismatic form or cleavage. [1913 Webster] 2. Separated or distributed by a prism; formed by a prism; as, prismatic colors …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Prismatic spectrum — Prismatic Pris*mat ic, Prismatical Pris*mat ic*al, a. [Cf. F. prismatique.] 1. Resembling, or pertaining to, a prism; as, a prismatic form or cleavage. [1913 Webster] 2. Separated or distributed by a prism; formed by a prism; as, prismatic colors …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prismatic — [priz mat′ik] adj. [< Gr prisma (gen. prismatos): see PRISM & IC] 1. of or resembling a prism 2. that refracts light as a prism 3. that forms or resembles prismatic colors 4. many colored; brilliant; dazzling prismatically adv …   English World dictionary

  • prismatic — prismatically, adv. /priz mat ik/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or like a prism. 2. formed by or as if by a transparent prism. 3. spectral in color; brilliant: prismatic colors. 4. highly varied or faceted: a prismatic existence. Also, prismatical …   Universalium

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