chromatic aberration


: aberration caused by the differences in refraction of the colored rays of the spectrum

Examples of chromatic aberration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And there are no distortions, such as chromatic aberration, that are produced by lenses. IEEE Spectrum, 27 Aug. 2023 The fully multi-coated lenses are made of ED (extra low dispersion) glass, which prevents chromatic aberration, or distortion, in color and clarity. Kevin Cortez, Popular Mechanics, 5 June 2023 Reflector telescopes are affordable and not as likely to produce chromatic aberration. Chicago Tribune, 20 Feb. 2023 It is coated multiple times to reduce chromatic aberration and provide more brightness. Chris Hachey, BGR, 24 Nov. 2021 In a major breakthrough last year, researchers solved a problem called chromatic aberration. Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chromatic aberration was in 1831

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“Chromatic aberration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

chromatic aberration

: error caused by the differences in refraction of the colored rays into which light can be separated

Medical Definition

chromatic aberration

: aberration caused by differences in the refraction of light at different frequencies

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