Specular iron
Specular Spec"u*lar, a. [L. specularis (cf., from the same root, specula a lookout, watchtower): cf. F. sp['e]culaire. See {Speculum}.] 1. Having the qualities of a speculum, or mirror; having a smooth, reflecting surface; as, a specular metal; a specular surface. [1913 Webster]

2. (Med.) Of or pertaining to a speculum; conducted with the aid of a speculum; as, a specular examination. [1913 Webster]

3. Assisting sight, as a lens or the like. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Thy specular orb Apply to well-dissected kernels; lo! In each observe the slender threads Of first-beginning trees. --J. Philips. [1913 Webster]

4. Affording view. [R.] ``Look once more, ere we leave this specular mount.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Specular iron}. (Min.) See {Hematite}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Specular iron — Iron I ron ([imac] [u^]rn), n. [OE. iren, AS. [=i]ren, [=i]sen, [=i]sern; akin to D. ijzer, OS. [=i]sarn, OHG. [=i]sarn, [=i]san, G. eisen, Icel. [=i]sarn, j[=a]rn, Sw. & Dan. jern, and perh. to E. ice; cf. Ir. iarann, W. haiarn, Armor. houarn.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • specular iron — noun or specular iron ore : hematite with a metallic luster called also specularite * * * specular iron noun A brilliant steely crystallized haematite • • • Main Entry: ↑specular * * * specular iron, hematite, especially …   Useful english dictionary

  • specular iron — Hematite Hem a*tite, n. [L. haematites, Gr. ? bloodlike, fr. a i^ma, a i matos, blood.] (Min.) An important ore of iron, the sesquioxide, so called because of the red color of the powder. It occurs in splendent rhombohedral crystals, and in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • specular iron ore — noun see specular iron …   Useful english dictionary

  • Specular — Spec u*lar, a. [L. specularis (cf., from the same root, specula a lookout, watchtower): cf. F. sp[ e]culaire. See {Speculum}.] 1. Having the qualities of a speculum, or mirror; having a smooth, reflecting surface; as, a specular metal; a specular …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Iron — I ron ([imac] [u^]rn), n. [OE. iren, AS. [=i]ren, [=i]sen, [=i]sern; akin to D. ijzer, OS. [=i]sarn, OHG. [=i]sarn, [=i]san, G. eisen, Icel. [=i]sarn, j[=a]rn, Sw. & Dan. jern, and perh. to E. ice; cf. Ir. iarann, W. haiarn, Armor. houarn.] [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • specular schist — specular schist, a rock made up chiefly of quartz, specular iron ore, and mica …   Useful english dictionary

  • specular — adj. 1 of or having the nature of a speculum. 2 reflecting. Phrases and idioms: specular iron ore lustrous haematite. Etymology: L specularis (as SPECULUM) …   Useful english dictionary

  • iron-glance — iˈron glance noun Specular iron • • • Main Entry: ↑iron …   Useful english dictionary

  • specular pig iron — Spiegel iron Spie gel i ron [G. spiegel mirror + E. iron.] (Metal.) A fusible white cast iron containing a large amount of carbon (from three and a half to six per cent) and some manganese. When the manganese reaches twenty five per cent and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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