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optic

adjective op·tic \ ˈäp-tik \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of optic

: of or relating to vision or the eye

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Origin and Etymology of optic

Middle English, from Medieval Latin opticus, from Greek optikos, from opsesthai to be going to see; akin to Greek opsis appearance, ōps eye — more at eye

optic Synonyms

Synonyms
ocular, visual, optical
Antonyms
nonvisual
Related Words
seeing, sighted; focusing (also focussing)

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optic

noun

Definition of optic

1 : eye
2 a : any of the elements (such as lenses, mirrors, or light guides) of an optical instrument or system usually used in plural
b : an optical instrument

Recent Examples of optic from the Web

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First Known Use of optic

1601


OPTIC Defined for English Language Learners

optic

adjective

Definition of optic for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the eyes


OPTIC Defined for Kids

optic

adjective op·tic \ ˈäp-tik \

Definition of optic for Students

: of or relating to seeing or the eye
  • the optic nerve

Medical Dictionary

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optic

adjective op·tic \ ˈäp-tik \

medical Definition of optic

1 a : of or relating to vision
  • optic phenomena
b : dependent chiefly on vision for orientation
  • humans are basically optic animals
2 a : of or relating to the eye : ocular
b : affecting the eye or an optic structure

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optic

noun

medical Definition of optic

1 : any of the elements (as lenses, mirrors, or light guides) of an optical instrument or system usually used in plural
2 : an optical instrument


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