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spectral

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adjective spec·tral \ˈspek-trəl\

Simple Definition of spectral

  • : of, relating to, or suggesting a ghost

  • : of, relating to, or made by a spectrum

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spectral

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or suggesting a specter :  ghostly

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or made by a spectrum

spectrally

play \ˈspek-trə-lē\ adverb

1769

First Known Use of spectral

1769

Rhymes with spectral


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spectral

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adjective spec·tral \ˈspek-trəl\

Medical Definition of spectral

  1. :  of, relating to, or made by a spectrum

spectrally

adverb



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