optic axis
noun Date: 1664 a line in a doubly refracting medium that is parallel to the direction in which all components of plane-polarized light travel with the same speed

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  • Optic axis — Optic Op tic ([o^]p t[i^]k), Optical Op tic*al ([o^]p t[i^]*kal), a. [F. optique, Gr. optiko s; akin to o psis sight, o pwpa I have seen, o psomai I shall see, and to o sse the two eyes, o ps face, L. oculus eye. See {Ocular}, {Eye}, and cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Optic axis — Axis Ax is, n.; pl. {Axes}. [L. axis axis, axle. See {Axle}.] A straight line, real or imaginary, passing through a body, on which it revolves, or may be supposed to revolve; a line passing through a body or system around which the parts are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • optic axis — n OPTICAL AXIS * * * optical axis 1. a. opticus. 2. the straight line that passes through the centers of the surfaces and the centers of curvature of a lens system. In a spherical system, it is the axis of symmetry, in the eye being the line… …   Medical dictionary

  • optic axis — n. in anisotropic crystals, a direction along which the velocity of light does not depend on the polarization of the light …   English World dictionary

  • optic axis — noun 1. in a doubly refracting crystal, the line in the direction of which no double refraction occurs a crystal may have either one or two optic axes • Hypernyms: ↑axis 2. a line that passes through the center of curvature of a lens so that… …   Useful english dictionary

  • optic axis — optinė ašis statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. optic axis; optical axis vok. optische Achse, f rus. оптическая ось, f pranc. axe optique, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • optic axis — Crystall. (in a crystal exhibiting double refraction) the direction or directions, uniaxial or biaxial, respectively, along which this phenomenon does not occur. [1655 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • optic axis — op′tic ax′is n. cry the direction or directions in a crystal along which light is not doubly refracted • Etymology: 1655–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • optic axis — /ɒptɪk ˈæksəs/ (say optik aksuhs) noun the direction or directions, uniaxial or biaxial respectively, in a crystal exhibiting double refraction, along which this phenomenon does or does not occur …   Australian English dictionary

  • Optic axis of a crystal — Axis Ax is, n.; pl. {Axes}. [L. axis axis, axle. See {Axle}.] A straight line, real or imaginary, passing through a body, on which it revolves, or may be supposed to revolve; a line passing through a body or system around which the parts are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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