optical

adjective
op·​ti·​cal | \ ˈäp-ti-kəl \

Definition of optical

1 : of or relating to the science of optics
2a : of or relating to vision : visual
b : visible sense 1 optical wavelength
c : of, relating to, or being objects that emit light in the visible range of frequencies an optical galaxy
d : using the properties of light to aid vision an optical instrument
3a : of, relating to, or utilizing light especially instead of other forms of energy optical microscopy
b : involving the use of light-sensitive devices to acquire information for a computer optical character recognition
4 : of or relating to optical art

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Other Words from optical

optically \ ˈäp-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for optical

Synonyms

ocular, optic, visual

Antonyms

nonvisual

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Examples of optical in a Sentence

The company manufactures microscopes, telescopes, and other optical instruments. an optical illusion that fools most people

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Mirrors make life really tough when designing a high-quality optical system. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Gas jets make beautiful lens for light we can’t normally focus," 21 Dec. 2018 Both trends have an obvious optical appeal that makes each well suited for Instagram . . Vogue, "The Best Fashion Trends of 2018, According to You, Our Instagram Followers," 18 Dec. 2018 Traditional smartphones process color, white balance, exposure, and other optical characteristics to create an image. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Meet Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855: AI boosts, a smarter camera, mobile gaming—and bye-bye, JPEG," 5 Dec. 2018 According to its website, KPNO has the world's largest collection of optical telescopes. azcentral, "From climate to fry bread, 125 reasons to love Arizona," 15 May 2015 Using a variety of bricks and clever optical tricks, the architects were able to make the windowless, red brick facade look like a piece of wavering fabric. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This red brick facade looks like a rippling piece of fabric," 19 Oct. 2018 In addition to joining her GMA co-stars at the desk on certain mornings and working on Flea Market Flip, Lara has been collaborating with Tura Inc. on a new sunglasses and optical collection. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Lara Spencer From 'Good Morning America' Announces Exciting New Project," 27 Aug. 2018 Among the first signature initiatives that should come out of the command in the next few years, Army leaders say, is new optical headwear for soldiers that can display maps or simulate missions. Paul J. Weber, Fox News, "Army honors McCain in opening new modernization HQ in Texas," 24 Aug. 2018 The car passed all the optical scanning station inspections and everything after the race. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Kevin Harvick blames social media reaction for stiff NASCAR penalties," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of optical

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of optical was in 1570

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More Definitions for optical

optical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of optical

: used to help a person see

: relating to or using light

: involving the use of devices that get information for a computer by identifying patterns of light

optical

adjective
op·​ti·​cal | \ ˈäp-ti-kəl \

Kids Definition of optical

1 : relating to the science of optics
2 : relating to seeing : visual
3 : involving the use of devices that are sensitive to light to get information for a computer an optical scanner

optical

adjective
op·​ti·​cal | \ ˈäp-ti-kəl \

Medical Definition of optical

1 : of or relating to the science of optics
2a : of or relating to vision : visual
b : using the properties of light to aid vision an optical instrument
3 : of, relating to, or utilizing light optical microscopy

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