adjective Etymology: Latin specularis of a mirror, from speculum Date: 1640 of, relating to, or having the qualities of a mirror • specularity nounspecularly adverb

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  • Specular — Spec u*lar, a. [L. specularis (cf., from the same root, specula a lookout, watchtower): cf. F. sp[ e]culaire. See {Speculum}.] 1. Having the qualities of a speculum, or mirror; having a smooth, reflecting surface; as, a specular metal; a specular …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • SPECULAR — a Speculo differt, illud enim Graece διόπτρα, per quod videtur; hoc issdem κάτοπτρον, quô videtur: illud διάφασιν, hoc ἔμφασιν facit. Et quidem Specularia dicebantur, quibus lumen in cenacula inferebatur, et Sol admittebatur in aedes, ut hodie… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • specular — speculár adj. m., pl. speculári; f. sg. speculáră, pl. speculáre Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  SPECULÁR, Ă adj. 1. (min.) care răsfrânge lumina. 2. referitor la oglindă; care par …   Dicționar Român

  • specular — (adj.) 1570s, of mirrors and glass, from L. specularis, from speculum (see SPECULUM (Cf. speculum)). Of sight or vision, from 1650s, from L. speculari to spy (see SPECULATION (Cf. speculation)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • specular — [spek′yə lər] adj. [L specularis] of, like, or by means of, a speculum specularly adv …   English World dictionary

  • specular — adjective /ˈspɛkjʊlə/ a) Pertaining to mirrors; mirror like, reflective. a perfect likeness would rather suggest a specular, and hence speculatory, phenomenon [...]. b) Pertaining to sight or vision. Calm as the Universe, from specular towers /… …   Wiktionary

  • specular — spec·u·lar spek yə lər adj conducted with the aid of a speculum <a specular examination> …   Medical dictionary

  • specular — adj. 1 of or having the nature of a speculum. 2 reflecting. Phrases and idioms: specular iron ore lustrous haematite. Etymology: L specularis (as SPECULUM) …   Useful english dictionary

  • specular — specularly, adv. /spek yeuh leuhr/, adj. 1. pertaining to or having the properties of a mirror. 2. pertaining to a speculum. 3. Optics. (of reflected light) directed, as from a smooth, polished surface (opposed to diffuse). [1570 80; < L… …   Universalium

  • specular — spec·u·lar || spekjÉ™lÉ™(r) / kjÊŠlÉ™ adj. of or pertaining to a mirror; resembling a mirror, having the qualities of a mirror …   English contemporary dictionary

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