axicon

noun
ax·​i·​con | \ ˈak-sə-ˌkän How to pronounce axicon (audio) \
plural axicons

Definition of axicon

: an object resembling an optical lens with a conical surface that has no definite focal point On a trip to Russia, Milchberg discovered that scientists there were using an odd, funnel-shaped “axicon” lens that brought laser beams into an elongated, needle-like focus instead of the sharp point that conventional lenses produce.— Curt Suplee, Washington Post, 11 Sept. 1995

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First Known Use of axicon

1954, in the meaning defined above

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“Axicon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/axicon. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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