pris·​mat·​ic | \ priz-ˈma-tik How to pronounce prismatic (audio) \

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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prismatically \ priz-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce prismatically (audio) \ 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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31 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Prismatic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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How to pronounce prismatic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of prismatic

technical : using, containing, or shaped like a prism


pris·​mat·​ic | \ priz-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce prismatic (audio) \

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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