prism

noun
\ ˈpri-zəm How to pronounce prism (audio) \

Definition of prism

1 : a polyhedron with two polygonal faces lying in parallel planes and with the other faces parallelograms
2a : a transparent body that is bounded in part by two nonparallel plane faces and is used to refract or disperse a beam of light
b : a prism-shaped decorative glass luster
3 : a crystal form whose faces are parallel to one axis especially : one whose faces are parallel to the vertical axis
4 : a medium that distorts, slants, or colors whatever is viewed through it

Examples of prism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Greene is not the first or last person to filter their religion through the prism of their own personal and political preferences. Joel Mathis, The Week, 28 Apr. 2022 Looked at through the prism of Germany, war is the destruction of that which economic growth builds. John Tamny, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 It’s the life of Saudi Arabia through the prism of the lead character. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 6 Apr. 2022 Trying to decipher European parliamentary elections through the prism of American politics is a waste of time. David Harsanyi, National Review, 4 Apr. 2022 Predictably, each side saw dirtiness in the play through its own prism. Tim Reynolds, ajc, 9 Nov. 2021 All the sounds of trip hop seemed to be squeezed through its peculiar Bristol prism. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, 19 Feb. 2021 But all of this is seen through the prism of remaining true to the craft of creating beautiful, handmade, classic clothes. G. Bruce Boyer, Robb Report, 22 Feb. 2022 The show, which is a modern-day examination of Black culture through the prism of pro football, launched on the streaming service in November, and has been renewed for a second season. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 15 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of prism

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prism

Late Latin prismat-, prisma, from Greek, literally, anything sawn, from priein to saw

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Last Updated

4 May 2022

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“Prism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prism. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for prism

prism

noun
\ ˈpri-zəm How to pronounce prism (audio) \

Kids Definition of prism

: a transparent object that usually has three sides and bends light so that it breaks up into rainbow colors

prism

noun
\ ˈpriz-əm How to pronounce prism (audio) \

Medical Definition of prism

1 : a polyhedron with two polygonal faces lying in parallel planes and with the other faces parallelograms
2 : a transparent body that is bounded in part by two nonparallel plane faces and is used to refract or disperse a beam of light
3 : a crystal form whose faces are parallel to one axis especially : one whose faces are parallel to the vertical axis

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