Refracting
Refract Re*fract" (r?*fr$kt"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Refracted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Refracting}.] [L. refractus, p. p. of refringere; pref. re- re- + frangere to break: cf. F. r['e]fracter. SEe {FRacture}, and cf. {Refrain}, n.] 1. To bend sharply and abruptly back; to break off. [1913 Webster]

2. To break the natural course of, as rays of light orr heat, when passing from one transparent medium to another of different density; to cause to deviate from a direct course by an action distinct from reflection; as, a dense medium refrcts the rays of light as they pass into it from a rare medium. [1913 Webster]


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  • Refracting — Re*fract ing, a. Serving or tending to refract; as, a refracting medium. [1913 Webster] {Refracting angle of a prism} (Opt.), the angle of a triangular prism included between the two sides through which the refracted beam passes in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • refracting — bi·refracting; refracting; …   English syllables

  • refracting — re fract·ing || rɪ fræktɪŋ adj. tending to refract re·fract || rɪ frækt v. cause energy or light waves to bend as they pass from one medium into a second medium in which the energy travels at a different speed …   English contemporary dictionary

  • refracting — a. Deflecting, refractive …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • refracting — refractˈing adjective • • • Main Entry: ↑refract …   Useful english dictionary

  • Refracting angle of a prism — Refracting Re*fract ing, a. Serving or tending to refract; as, a refracting medium. [1913 Webster] {Refracting angle of a prism} (Opt.), the angle of a triangular prism included between the two sides through which the refracted beam passes in the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Refracting telescope — Refracting Re*fract ing, a. Serving or tending to refract; as, a refracting medium. [1913 Webster] {Refracting angle of a prism} (Opt.), the angle of a triangular prism included between the two sides through which the refracted beam passes in the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • refracting telescope — n. 1. a telescope in which a large biconvex lens causes light rays to converge to a focus, forming an image magnified by a biconvex eyepiece 2. a similar telescope in which the converging rays are intercepted by a biconcave eyepiece: See… …   Universalium

  • refracting telescope — ► NOUN ▪ a telescope which uses a lens to collect and focus the light …   English terms dictionary

  • refracting telescope — n. 1. a telescope in which a large biconvex lens causes light rays to converge to a focus, forming an image magnified by a biconvex eyepiece 2. a similar telescope in which the converging rays are intercepted by a biconcave eyepiece: See… …   English World dictionary

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