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schlieren

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noun plural schlie·ren \ˈshlir-ən\

Definition of schlieren

  1. 1 :  small masses or streaks in an igneous rock that differ in composition from the main body

  2. 2 :  regions of varying refraction in a transparent medium often caused by pressure or temperature differences and detectable especially by photographing the passage of a beam of light

schlieric play \ˈshlir-ik\ adjective


Origin of schlieren

German


First Known Use: 1898


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