pris·​mat·​ic | \priz-ˈma-tik \

Definition of prismatic 

1 : relating to, resembling, or constituting a prism

2a : formed by a prism

b : resembling the colors formed by refraction of light through a prism prismatic effects

3 : highly colored : brilliant prismatic lyrics

4 : having such symmetry that a general form with faces cutting all axes at unspecified intercepts is a prism prismatic crystals

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Other Words from prismatic

prismatically \priz-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of prismatic in a Sentence

with its prismatic plumage, the ruby-throated hummingbird is one of our garden's most prized visitors

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First Known Use of prismatic

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of prismatic

: using, containing, or shaped like a prism


pris·​mat·​ic | \priz-ˈmat-ik \

Medical Definition of prismatic 

1 : relating to, resembling, or constituting a prism

2 : formed by a prism

3 : having such symmetry that a general form with faces cutting all axes at unspecified intercepts is a prism prismatic crystals

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