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

Definition of optic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to vision or the eye



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

Synonyms & Antonyms for optic

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

  • nonvisual
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Examples of optic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective An article on Page 16 this weekend about a woman diagnosed with acromegaly misstates the location of the pituitary gland in relation to the optic nerves. New York Times, 19 June 2022 The city’s long-term plan must include the faster and more reliable, but more expensive fiber optic cable connection, the request said. Lucas Daprile, cleveland, 1 July 2022 There are designs that attest to her soigné silhouettes, her innovative constructions (her simple wrap dresses and use of industrial zips), and her obsession first with optic black and white, then with her now-emblematic blazing pink. Amy Verner, Vogue, 4 July 2022 Flashes of what may become a transformative new technology are coursing through a network of optic fibers under Chicago. Robert Mccoppin, Chicago Tribune, 18 June 2022 Other cities that are still in the process of installing the fiber optic system include Murray, Orem, Clearfield, Syracuse and Cedar Hills. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 June 2022 The interiors are decidedly all un-palazzo-like straight lines, optic white walls, steel appliances, beechwood furnishings. Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2022 In opposition to an optic tasting method — by mouth and head, but what about the rest of you? Susan H. Gordon, Forbes, 3 June 2022 One of those has been identified as a high-end rifle fitted with an expensive optic sight produced in Georgia. Nick Penzenstadler, USA TODAY, 25 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The first transatlantic telegraph cables—the ancestors of today’s fibre-optic technology—were draped across the seafloor in the middle of the nineteenth century. Jeffrey Marlow, The New Yorker, 26 July 2022 In an environment largely dominated regionally by Charter Communications' Spectrum brand, TDS Telecommunications LLC has already set foot in the area, beginning with a new all-fiber optic system now nearing construction in the city of Brookfield. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 19 July 2022 On Earth, entangled photons are protected inside of fiber-optic networks. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 13 July 2022 For fans of modernity, there’s no shortage of gear to help with accuracy — fiber-optic sights, laser range-finders, stabilizers. Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2022 Prior to Wednesday’s announcement, Sox fans who had fired their cable, fiber-optic, or satellite pay-TV provider only had two streaming options: fuboTV and its $69.99 Pro bundle or DirecTV Stream and its $89.99 Choice package. Rob Pegoraro, PCMAG, 3 June 2022 The researchers have confirmed this prediction experimentally using photons for B and a fiber optic circuit to simulate a row of three qubits. Quanta Magazine, 26 May 2022 Washouts damaged fiber optic cables in the area, officials said. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 13 July 2022 Cuyahoga County does not plan to lay additional fiber optic cables using its ARPA money. Lucas Daprile, cleveland, 10 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of optic


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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More Definitions for optic


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

Kids Definition of optic

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


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



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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