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refract

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verb re·fract \ri-ˈfrakt\

Simple Definition of refract

  • of an object or substance : to make (light) change direction when it goes through at an angle

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of refract

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to subject (as a ray of light) to refraction b :  to alter or distort as if by refraction <to refract that familiar world through the mind and heart of a romantic … woman — Anton Myrer>

  3. 2 :  to determine the refracting power of

Examples of refract in a sentence

  1. Light is refracted when it hits water.



Origin and Etymology of refract

Latin refractus, past participle of refringere to break open, break up, from re- + frangere to break — more at break


First Known Use: 1612


REFRACT Defined for Kids

refract

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verb re·fract \ri-ˈfrakt\

Definition of refract for Students

refracted

refracting

  1. :  to make (light) bend when it passes through at an angle <Prisms refract light.>




Medical Dictionary

refract

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transitive verb re·fract \ri-ˈfrakt\

Medical Definition of refract

  1. 1:  to subject (as a ray of light) to refraction

  2. 2:  to determine the refracting power of or abnormality of refraction in (as an eye or a lens)




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