refract

verb re·fract \ ri-ˈfrakt \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of refract

transitive verb
1 a : to subject (something, such as a ray of light) to refraction
b : to alter or distort as if by refraction
  • to refract that familiar world through the mind and heart of a romantic … woman
  • —Anton Myrer
2 : to determine the refracting power of

Examples of refract in a Sentence

  1. Light is refracted when it hits water.

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Origin and Etymology of refract

Latin refractus, past participle of refringere to break open, break up, from re- + frangere to break — more at break


REFRACT Defined for English Language Learners

refract

verb

Definition of refract for English Language Learners

  • of an object or substance : to make (light) change direction when it goes through at an angle


REFRACT Defined for Kids

refract

verb re·fract \ ri-ˈfrakt \

Definition of refract for Students

refracted; refracting
: to make (light) bend when it passes through at an angle Prisms refract light.

Medical Dictionary

refract

transitive verb re·fract \ ri-ˈfrakt \

medical Definition of refract

1 : to subject (as a ray of light) to refraction
2 : to determine the refracting power of or abnormality of refraction in (as an eye or a lens)


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