Interference figures
Interference In`ter*fer"ence, n. [See {Interfere}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or state of interfering; as, the stoppage of a machine by the interference of some of its parts; a meddlesome interference in the business of others. [1913 Webster]

2. (Physics) The mutual influence, under certain conditions, as from streams of light, or pulsations of sound, or, generally, two waves or vibrations of any kind, producing certain characteristic phenomena, as colored fringes, dark bands, or darkness, in the case of light, silence or increased intensity in sounds; neutralization or superposition of waves generally. [1913 Webster]

Note: The term is most commonly applied to light, and the undulatory theory of light affords the proper explanation of the phenomena which are considered to be produced by the superposition of waves, and are thus substantially identical in their origin with the phenomena of heat, sound, waves of water, and the like. [1913 Webster]

3. (Patent Law) The act or state of interfering, or of claiming a right to the same invention. [1913 Webster]

{Interference figures} (Optics), the figures observed when certain sections of crystallized bodies are viewed in converging polarized light; thus, a section of a uniaxial crystal, cut normal to the vertical axis, shows a series of concentric colored rings with a single black cross; -- so called because produced by the interference of luminous waves.

{Interference fringe}. (Optics) See {Fringe}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Interference — In ter*fer ence, n. [See {Interfere}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or state of interfering; as, the stoppage of a machine by the interference of some of its parts; a meddlesome interference in the business of others. [1913 Webster] 2. (Physics) The …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Interference fringe — Interference In ter*fer ence, n. [See {Interfere}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or state of interfering; as, the stoppage of a machine by the interference of some of its parts; a meddlesome interference in the business of others. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interference — /in teuhr fear euhns/, n. 1. an act, fact, or instance of interfering. 2. something that interferes. 3. Physics. the process in which two or more light, sound, or electromagnetic waves of the same frequency combine to reinforce or cancel each… …   Universalium

  • Idiophanous — Id i*oph a*nous, a. [Idio + ? to appear.] (Crystallog.) Exhibiting interference figures without the aid of a polariscope, as certain crystals. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • conoscope — conoscopic /koh neuh skop ik, kon euh /, adj. /koh neuh skohp , kon euh /, n. Optics. a polarizing microscope for giving interference figures and for determining the principal axis of a crystal. [ < Gk kôno(s) CONE + SCOPE] * * * …   Universalium

  • bertrand lens — noun Usage: usually capitalized B Etymology: probably after Joseph L. F. Bertrand : an auxiliary removable lens in the tube of a polarizing microscope used to obtain interference figures …   Useful english dictionary

  • epoptic — (ˈ)e|päptik adjective Etymology: Greek epoptikos, from epoptēs + ikos ic 1. : of or designed for an epopt : secret 2. : of or being the interference figures exhibited by idiophanous crystals …   Useful english dictionary

  • idiophanous — |idē|äfənəs adjective Etymology: idio + phan (from Greek phainein to show) + ous more at fancy of a crystal : exhibiting interference figures without the aid of a polariscope * * * idiophanous etc.: see idio …   Useful english dictionary

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