Diacaustic
Diacaustic Di`a*caus"tic, a. [Pref. dia- + caustic.] (Opt.) Pertaining to, or possessing the properties of, a species of caustic curves formed by refraction. See {Caustic surface}, under {Caustic}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Diacaustic — Di a*caus tic, n. 1. (Med.) That which burns by refraction, as a double convex lens, or the sun s rays concentrated by such a lens, sometimes used as a cautery. [1913 Webster] 2. (Math.) A curved formed by the consecutive intersections of rays of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • diacaustic — /duy euh kaw stik/, Math., Optics. adj. 1. noting a caustic surface or curve formed by the refraction of light. n. 2. a diacaustic surface or curve. Cf. catacaustic. [1695 1705; DIA + CAUSTIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • diacaustic — /daɪəˈkɒstɪk/ (say duyuh kostik), / ˈkɔstɪk/ (say kawstik) Optics –adjective 1. denoting a caustic surface or curve formed by refraction of light. –noun 2. a diacaustic surface or curve. Compare catacaustic …   Australian English dictionary

  • diacaustic — I. |dīə|kȯstik adjective Etymology: probably from French diacaustique, from dia + caustique caustic, from Latin causticus more at caustic : relating to a caustic curve or caustic surface formed by refraction compare catacaustic II. noun ( s) : a …   Useful english dictionary

  • diacaustic — 1. adjective Relating to the caustic curves formed by the refraction of light. 2. noun a) A refracting lens, which can be used to cauterise. b) The curve or surface formed by the intersection of refracted light rays …   Wiktionary

  • diacaustic — dia·caus·tic …   English syllables

  • Caustic (mathematics) — In differential geometry a caustic is the envelope of rays either reflected or refracted by a manifold. It is related to the optical concept of caustics.The ray s source may be a point (called the radiant) or infinity, in which case a direction… …   Wikipedia

  • 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

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