optical fiber


Definition of optical fiber

: a single fiber-optic strand

Examples of optical fiber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

To pack more data into a single optical fiber, the data is divided across different colors of light, called wavelength division multiplexing. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "661Tbps through a single optical fiber: The mind boggles," 1 Aug. 2018 To use the optical fiber analog: after the photon is split to go down two different paths, the left path should be subject to different couplings and path lengths relative to the right path. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Wandering Bose-Einstein condensate may lead to scalable quantum computer," 29 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, China is also slapping new tariffs on U.S. optical fiber. David Meyer, Fortune, "Xiaomi Surge, Trade War and Tesla, Uber and Lime: CEO Daily for July 10, 2018," 10 July 2018 To try to answer that question, a team of German bioengineers surgically installed coiled strips of optical fibers in the ears of deaf gerbils. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 Instead, the ball is placed within a few nanometers of an optical fiber, which allows the light to leak across the gap to the ball. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Spinning glass ball rejects light from one direction," 27 June 2018 In the future, the team hopes to put its technology to more practical uses by affixing microstructures that can detect specific molecules onto optical fibers. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Scientists Built the World’s Smallest House," 24 May 2018 American optical components go into its optical fiber networks. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "Chinese Tech Giant May Be First Victim of a New U.S. Cold War," 9 May 2018 The researchers connected the chips with an optical fiber and cooled the whole setup close to absolute zero to damp out vibrations. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, "Einstein’s ‘spooky action at a distance’ spotted in objects almost big enough to see," 25 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'optical fiber.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of optical fiber

1962, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about optical fiber

Share optical fiber

Statistics for optical fiber

Last Updated

6 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for optical fiber

The first known use of optical fiber was in 1962

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for optical fiber

optical fiber


English Language Learners Definition of optical fiber

: a long, thin, glass or plastic thread that carries information in the form of light : a fiber-optic thread

optical fiber


Kids Definition of optical fiber

: a single fiber used in fiber optics

optical fiber


Medical Definition of optical fiber

: a single fiber-optic strand

Comments on optical fiber

What made you want to look up optical fiber? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


someone who never drinks alcohol

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!