Scioptic
Scioptic Sci*op"tic, a. [Gr. ? shadow + ? belonging to sight: cf. F. scioptique. See {Optic}.] (Opt.) Of or pertaining to an optical arrangement for forming images in a darkened room, usually called scioptic ball. [1913 Webster]

{Scioptic ball} (Opt.), the lens of a camera obscura mounted in a wooden ball which fits a socket in a window shutter so as to be readily turned, like the eye, to different parts of the landscape. [1913 Webster]


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  • scioptic — sci·op·tic …   English syllables

  • scioptic —   a. pertaining to formation of images in darkened room, as in camera obscura.    ♦ scioptics, n.    ♦ scioptric, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • scioptic — (ˈ)sī|äptik adjective Etymology: sci + optic : of or relating to the formation of images in a darkened room (as in a camera obscura) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Scioptic ball — Scioptic Sci*op tic, a. [Gr. ? shadow + ? belonging to sight: cf. F. scioptique. See {Optic}.] (Opt.) Of or pertaining to an optical arrangement for forming images in a darkened room, usually called scioptic ball. [1913 Webster] {Scioptic ball}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scioptric ball — The scioptic ball is a universal joint allowing a optical instrument mounted on a ball to be swiveled to point anywhere in a wide arc. It was inspired by studies of the human eye. It has a number of applications. The scioptic ball may provide a… …   Wikipedia

  • Sciopticon — Sci*op ti*con, n. [NL. See {Scioptic}.] A kind of magic lantern. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scioptric — Sci*op tric, a. (Opt.) Scioptic. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sci- — combining form or scio also scia or skia Etymology: New Latin, from Greek ski , skio , from skia more at scene …   Useful english dictionary

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