optic

adjective
op·​tic | \ ˈäp-tik How to pronounce optic (audio) \

Definition of optic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to vision or the eye

optic

noun

Definition of optic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : eye
2a : 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for optic

Synonyms: Adjective

ocular, optical, visual

Antonyms: Adjective

nonvisual

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Examples of optic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The big picture for these companies is that the deployment of high-capacity fiber-optic cables will ultimately improve connectivity and likely make internet costs much cheaper, allowing more Africans to get—and stay—connected. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Google and Facebook are circling Africa with huge undersea cables to get millions online," 1 July 2019 Some 380 active cables—bundles of fiber-optic lines that traverse oceans on the seabed—carry about 95% of intercontinental voice and data traffic. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "Huawei Selling Stake in Undersea-Cable Firm as U.S. Pressure Mounts," 3 June 2019 An undersea cable contains bundles of fiber-optic strands. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "Huawei Selling Stake in Undersea-Cable Firm as U.S. Pressure Mounts," 3 June 2019 Lidar sensors have a lot in common with fiber-optic communications gear. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Two self-driving startups team up to build a different kind of lidar," 28 May 2019 Elevated trench coats in surprising hues like pale pink or optic white are making a comeback, as are a plethora of patent styles, which will come in especially handy for those rainy April days. Vogue, "Spring Has Sprung! Shop the Best Jackets for the First Day of the Season," 20 Mar. 2019 In Milan, one showgoer wore red socks with optic white loafers, and in Tbilisi, another fashion fan opted for suede orange loafers. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Best Ways to Wear Socks and Loafers," 13 May 2019 Advertising Deputy City Manager Bo Ferguson said Thursday that the permit to do work on a fiber-optic network was held by a subsidiary of communications company Crown Castle. Jonathan Drew, The Seattle Times, "Worker calmly reveals gas leak in 911 call before blast," 12 Apr. 2019 Lieberman styled the cusp-of-the-millenium video and its optic white, techie wardrobe. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Relive All the Best Fashion From Jennifer Lopez’s Iconic Music Videos," 20 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Acacia’s products are used to increase the speed and capacity of switches that send and receive data over fiber-optic networks. Larry Edelman, BostonGlobe.com, "Cisco to buy Maynard firm for $2.6 billion," 9 July 2019 By stringing more than 3,000 miles of fiber-optic cable across the state, the project is designed to improve high-speed internet access in Kentucky. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 By stringing more than 3,000 miles of fiber-optic cable across the state, the project is designed to improve high-speed internet access in Kentucky. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "KentuckyWired project overcomes squirrels to complete long-delayed initial phase," 28 June 2019 The researchers used optogenetics, involving the use of light piped through a fiber-optic cable to activate genetically engineered light-sensitive neurons in the rats’ hippocampi. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "Better Memory Through Electrical Brain Ripples," 14 June 2019 The Fed’s other challenge is one of optics, economists say. NBC News, "If the Fed cuts rates this year, it won't be because Trump asked," 13 June 2019 Visually, The Handmaid’s Tale is as striking as ever, maintaining the chilling beauty of Gilead’s optics—the curated flecks of handmaid-red on stark white snow, and the strange symmetry of ceremonial events. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Empty Empowerment of The Handmaid’s Tale," 5 June 2019 If rich countries turn once again to fiscal policy as a tool for ginning up their economies, there are plenty of asset-heavy projects (airports, roads, fibre-optic networks) to soak up savings. The Economist, "The long-term decline in bond yields enters a new phase," 5 June 2019 Essentially, scientists can measure the effect of the atmosphere on light from distant objects and maneuver parts of the telescope’s optics to compensate for some of the atmospheric blurring. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Galaxy mergers hide ravenous supermassive black holes," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of optic

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for optic

Adjective

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

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optic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of optic

technical : of or relating to the eyes

optic

adjective
op·​tic | \ ˈäp-tik How to pronounce optic (audio) \

Kids Definition of optic

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

optic

adjective
op·​tic | \ ˈäp-tik How to pronounce optic (audio) \

Medical Definition of optic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

optic

noun

Medical Definition of optic (Entry 2 of 2)

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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