optical fiber

noun

Definition of optical fiber 

: a single fiber-optic strand

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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 The lasers themselves are pretty mundane and are based on components widely used in optical fiber-communication systems. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Lidar system images bullet in flight," 30 Mar. 2018 To move it to other experiments or distant locations, however, those signals will likely need to be converted from microwaves to optical photons, which can travel great distances in optical fibers. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Weird vibrations poised to control quantum computers," 14 Mar. 2018

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1962, in the meaning defined above

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optical fiber

noun

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

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Kids Definition of optical fiber

: a single fiber used in fiber optics

optical fiber

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Medical Definition of optical fiber 

: a single fiber-optic strand

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