noun Date: 1603 1. deflection from a straight path undergone by a light ray or energy wave in passing obliquely from one medium (as air) into another (as glass) in which its velocity is different 2. the change in the apparent position of a celestial body due to bending of the light rays emanating from it as they pass through the atmosphere; also the correction to be applied to the apparent position of a body because of this bending 3. the action of distorting an image by viewing through a medium; also an instance of this

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