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} (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, 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 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

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