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

Meanwhile, Kim and Khloe Kardashian–both sporting short dresses–and their mother Kris Jenner–donning an optic white suit–took a glamorous selfie together. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The 15 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: The Kardashians Take a Festive Selfie, JLo Makes Christmas PJs Glam, and More," 29 Dec. 2018 Such filaments could be made in space and shipped down to Earth to improve fiber-optic performance; the experimental process was an important step for both communications and manufacturing. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "What ISS Taught Us In the Past 20 Years," 20 Nov. 2018 Hadid balanced out all those graphic emblems and made the look her own with two SoCal staples: slouchy jeans and optic white kicks. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Elevates Rainy-Day Style at Paris Fashion Week," 27 Sep. 2018 There’s a pair of optic-white jeans with an allover print, a couple of unisex sweatshirts bearing her image in the center, and a key chain with a clever new OK logo, a twist on the iconic CK. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Calvin Klein Jeans Est. 1978 Is Raf Simons’s Latest Addition to the Brand—And Prices Start at Just $60," 13 July 2018 Crews also have installed satellite communication systems in several hospitals and all of Puerto Rico's 78 municipalities, and placed nearly half of 500 miles worth of optic fiber underground, Rossello said. Danica Coto, Fox News, "Puerto Rico unveils new emergency preparations after Maria," 12 Sep. 2018 Crews also have installed satellite communication systems in several hospitals and all of Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities, and placed nearly half of 500 miles worth of optic fiber underground, Rossello said. Danica Coto, The Seattle Times, "Puerto Rico unveils new emergency preparations after Maria," 11 Sep. 2018 The drill would be connected to the lander and humanity through a series of fiber-optic cables. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A Nuclear Tunneling Worm Could Help Us Find Out What's Beneath Europa's Ice," 17 Dec. 2018 Fiber-optic cables began carrying telephone signals in the late 1970s. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Chinese Refugee Developed Fiber-Optic Technology That Made the Internet Possible," 28 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The difference is just too small to make good optics. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Gas jets make beautiful lens for light we can’t normally focus," 21 Dec. 2018 Melania Trump just posted this year's White House Christmas portrait, and the optics of the annual holiday photo have a certain surreal quality. Vogue, "What's Up With This Year's Surreal White House Christmas Portrait?," 18 Dec. 2018 McConnell is also trying to add a female senator to a lower leadership spot, seeking to address the optics of having an all-male leadership slate in a year that brought a record number of women to Congress. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Government funding, border wall await lame-duck Congress," 13 Nov. 2018 That means enhancements and features driven not by the optics of the cameras, but by machine learning and other support from the A12 chip. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iPhone XS and XS Max review: Big screens, big performance, big lenses, big prices," 1 Oct. 2018 The bad optics of an empty chair could outweigh being dragged further into a morass that Google may feel belongs to Facebook and Twitter. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Congress is getting better at questioning social media executives," 6 Sep. 2018 Cooper, who received four nominations for his film A Star Is Born, went against typical black tie protocol, opting for a custom Gucci optic white tuxedo in lieu of the standard black. Vogue, "Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Win Sexiest Red Carpet Couple at the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 The deans stacked their team with experts in tunneling, resiliency from natural disasters, electrical systems and fiber-optic and laser technology that could monitor the tunnel after the work is complete. Paul Berger, WSJ, "How Engineers Working Pro Bono Solved New York’s Toughest Subway Problem," 6 Jan. 2019 Drunk-driving optics aside, selling tequila is smarter than keychains or hats. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Elon Musk’s Teslaquila is actually a good idea," 19 Oct. 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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