diffraction

noun dif·frac·tion \ di-ˈfrak-shən \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of diffraction

: a modification which light undergoes especially in passing by the edges of opaque bodies or through narrow openings and in which the rays appear to be deflected; also : a similar modification of other waves (such as sound waves) or of moving particles (such as electrons)

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Origin and Etymology of diffraction

borrowed from New Latin diffrāctiōn-, diffrāctiō (Medieval Latin, "action of breaking in pieces"), from Latin diffrag-, variant stem of diffringere, diffrangere "to break up, break apart, shatter" (from dif-, assimilated form of dis- dis- + frangere "to break") + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at 1break


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diffraction

noun dif·frac·tion \ dif-ˈrak-shən \

medical Definition of diffraction

: a modification which light undergoes in passing by the edges of opaque bodies or through narrow slits or in being reflected from ruled surfaces and in which the rays appear to be deflected and to produce fringes of parallel light and dark or colored bands; also : a similar modification of other waves (as sound waves)


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