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refract

verb re·fract \ri-ˈfrakt\

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

Full Definition of REFRACT

transitive verb
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>
2
:  to determine the refracting power of
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Examples of REFRACT

  1. Light is refracted when it hits water.

Origin 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
REFRACTING Defined for Kids

refract

verb re·fract \ri-ˈfrakt\
re·fract·edre·fract·ing

Definition of REFRACT for Kids

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

refract

transitive verb re·fract \ri-ˈfrakt\

Medical Definition of REFRACT

1
:  to subject (as a ray of light) to refraction
2
:  to determine the refracting power of or abnormality of refraction in (as an eye or a lens)

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