diffract

verb
dif·​fract | \ di-ˈfrakt How to pronounce diffract (audio) \
diffracted; diffracting; diffracts

Definition of diffract

transitive verb

: to cause to undergo diffraction

Examples of diffract in a Sentence

Light is diffracted when it passes through a prism.
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First Known Use of diffract

1803, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diffract

back-formation from diffraction

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The first known use of diffract was in 1803

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“Diffract.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diffract. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for diffract

diffract

verb

English Language Learners Definition of diffract

: to cause (a beam of light) to bend or spread

diffract

transitive verb
dif·​fract | \ dif-ˈrakt How to pronounce diffract (audio) \

Medical Definition of diffract

: to cause to undergo diffraction

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