Catoptrics
Catoptrics Ca*top"trics, n. [Cf. F. catoptrique. See {Catropric}.] (Physics) That part of optics which explains the properties and phenomena of reflected light, and particularly that which is reflected from mirrors or polished bodies; -- formerly called {anacamptics}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Catoptrics — deals with the phenomena of reflected light and image forming optical systems using mirrors. From the Greek κατοπτρικός (specular) [ A Concise Dictionary of the English and Modern Greek Languages by Antonius Nicholas Jannaris, 1895 J. Murray]… …   Wikipedia

  • catoptrics — [kə täp′triks΄] pl.n. [< Gr katoptrikos < katoptron, a mirror < kata (see CATA ) + ōps, EYE, face] the branch of optics dealing with the reflection of light from mirrors or mirrorlike surfaces catoptric adj …   English World dictionary

  • catoptrics — Anacamptics An a*camp tics, n. 1. The science of reflected light, now called {catoptrics}. [1913 Webster] 2. The science of reflected sounds. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • catoptrics — catoptric, catoptrical, adj. catoptrically, adv. /keuh top triks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the branch of optics dealing with the formation of images by mirrors. [1560 70; < Gk katoptrikós, equiv. to kátoptr(on) mirror (kat CAT + op see + tron… …   Universalium

  • catoptrics — ca·top·trics (kə topґtriks) the branch of physics that deals with reflected light …   Medical dictionary

  • catoptrics — n. branch of optics that deals with the reflection of light (from mirrors, etc.) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • catoptrics — ca•top•trics [[t]kəˈtɒp trɪks[/t]] n. (used with a sing. v.) opt the branch of optics dealing with the formation of images by mirrors • Etymology: 1560–70; < Gk katoptrikós < kátoptr(on) mirror (kat cat +op see (cf. diopter, optic)… …   From formal English to slang

  • catoptrics — /kəˈtɒptrɪks/ (say kuh toptriks) noun that branch of optics dealing with the formation of images by mirrors. {Greek katoptrikos of or in a mirror. See ics} –catoptric, catoptrical, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • catoptrics — noun branch of optics dealing with formation of images by mirrors • Derivationally related forms: ↑catoptric, ↑catoptrical • Hypernyms: ↑optics …   Useful english dictionary

  • anacamptics — Catoptrics Ca*top trics, n. [Cf. F. catoptrique. See {Catropric}.] (Physics) That part of optics which explains the properties and phenomena of reflected light, and particularly that which is reflected from mirrors or polished bodies; formerly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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