Caustic surface
Caustic Caus"tic, Caustical Caus"tic*al, a. [L. caustucs, Ge. ?, fr. ? to burn. Cf. {Calm}, {Ink}.] 1. Capable of destroying the texture of anything or eating away its substance by chemical action; burning; corrosive; searing. [1913 Webster]

2. Severe; satirical; sharp; as, a caustic remark. [1913 Webster]

{Caustic curve} (Optics), a curve to which the ray of light, reflected or refracted by another curve, are tangents, the reflecting or refracting curve and the luminous point being in one plane.

{Caustic lime}. See under {Lime}.

{Caustic potash}, {Caustic soda} (Chem.), the solid hydroxides potash, {KOH}, and soda, {NaOH}, or solutions of the same.

{Caustic silver}, nitrate of silver, lunar caustic.

{Caustic surface} (Optics), a surface to which rays reflected or refracted by another surface are tangents. Caustic curves and surfaces are called catacaustic when formed by reflection, and diacaustic when formed by refraction.

Syn: Stinging; cutting; pungent; searching. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • caustic surface — noun : the cusped surface of maximum brightness that is sometimes observed when light is refracted or reflected by a curved mirror or interface and is geometrically the envelope of the system of refracted or reflected rays * * * Optics. the… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • caustic surface — Optics. the surface to which all light rays emanating from a single point and reflected by a curved surface, as a concave mirror, are tangent. Also called caustic. [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • caustic surface — noun A surface to which rays reflected or refracted by another surface are tangents. Caustic curves and surfaces are called catacaustic when formed by reflection, and diacaustic when formed by refraction …   Wiktionary

  • Caustic — Caus tic, Caustical Caus tic*al, a. [L. caustucs, Ge. ?, fr. ? to burn. Cf. {Calm}, {Ink}.] 1. Capable of destroying the texture of anything or eating away its substance by chemical action; burning; corrosive; searing. [1913 Webster] 2. Severe;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caustic curve — Caustic Caus tic, Caustical Caus tic*al, a. [L. caustucs, Ge. ?, fr. ? to burn. Cf. {Calm}, {Ink}.] 1. Capable of destroying the texture of anything or eating away its substance by chemical action; burning; corrosive; searing. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caustic lime — Caustic Caus tic, Caustical Caus tic*al, a. [L. caustucs, Ge. ?, fr. ? to burn. Cf. {Calm}, {Ink}.] 1. Capable of destroying the texture of anything or eating away its substance by chemical action; burning; corrosive; searing. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caustic potash — Caustic Caus tic, Caustical Caus tic*al, a. [L. caustucs, Ge. ?, fr. ? to burn. Cf. {Calm}, {Ink}.] 1. Capable of destroying the texture of anything or eating away its substance by chemical action; burning; corrosive; searing. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caustic silver — Caustic Caus tic, Caustical Caus tic*al, a. [L. caustucs, Ge. ?, fr. ? to burn. Cf. {Calm}, {Ink}.] 1. Capable of destroying the texture of anything or eating away its substance by chemical action; burning; corrosive; searing. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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