prism
noun Etymology: Late Latin prismat-, prisma, from Greek, literally, anything sawn, from priein to saw Date: 1570 1. a polyhedron with two polygonal faces lying in parallel planes and with the other faces parallelograms 2. a. a transparent body that is bounded in part by two nonparallel plane faces and is used to refract or disperse a beam of light b. a prism-shaped decorative glass luster 3. a crystal form whose faces are parallel to one axis; especially one whose faces are parallel to the vertical axis 4. a medium that distorts, slants, or colors whatever is viewed through it

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  • prism — 1560s, a type of solid figure, from L.L. prisma (Martianus Capella), from Gk. prisma (Euclid), lit. something sawed, from prizein to saw. Meaning in optics is first attested 1610s …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Prism — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. PRISM peut faire référence à : PRISM, un concours d accès à l ISEG, une grande école de commerce, PRISM, une planète fictive introduite par Alan Dean …   Wikipédia en Français

  • prism — bi·prism; hemi·prism; mac·ro·prism; pen·ta·prism; prism; mi·cro·prism; …   English syllables

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