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 The porro prism design allows for flexing to fit different faces. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Father’s Day gifts for the outdoors dad: LL Bean, Backcountry sales include bikes, fishing, hunting," 5 June 2020 In China, the protests are being viewed through the prism of U.S. government criticism of China's crackdown on anti-government protests in Hong Kong. Danica Kirka, The Christian Science Monitor, "'I can't breathe' protests go global," 31 May 2020 In China, the protests are being viewed through the prism of US criticism of China’s crackdown on antigovernment protests in Hong Kong. Danica Kirka, BostonGlobe.com, "World alarmed by violence in US; thousands march in London," 31 May 2020 In China, the protests are being viewed through the prism of U.S. government criticism of China's crackdown on anti-government protests in Hong Kong. Danica Kirka, Anchorage Daily News, "World alarmed by violence in US; thousands march in London," 31 May 2020 How strange that this morning, his legacy shines even brighter through the prism of the greatest loss that could ever be associated with him — the loss of the man himself. Hal Habib, USA TODAY, "Tribute: Don Shula, winningest coach in NFL history, led Miami Dolphins to league's only unbeaten season," 4 May 2020 Every decision for the next two weeks — whether to rest or to run, what to eat, what executive to meet with and from which shoe company — was made through the prism of how to peak at the starting line of the Olympic marathon in August. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "Two Olympic Marathoners. Two Lives Turned Around, Then Turned Around Again.," 16 Apr. 2020 Traditionally, reviews on foreign investment viewed transactions through the prism of national defense, with deals involving military hardware makers the most likely to run into regulatory objections. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "The coronavirus pandemic’s latest victim: Foreign investors," 15 Apr. 2020 Vibrant prisms shone through her, her level of light contingent on the position and intensity of the sun. Lauren Depino, New York Times, "The Persistence of May," 8 May 2020

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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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The first known use of prism was in 1570

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20 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Prism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prism. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for prism

prism

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How to pronounce prism (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of prism

: a transparent glass or plastic object that usually has three sides and that separates the light that passes through it into different colors

prism

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\ 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

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\ 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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