plural noun

schlie·​ren ˈshlir-ən How to pronounce schlieren (audio)
: small masses or streaks in an igneous rock that differ in composition from the main body
: regions of varying refraction in a transparent medium often caused by pressure or temperature differences and detectable especially by photographing the passage of a beam of light
schlieric adjective

Examples of schlieren in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All images were taken at 8000 frames per second, using schlieren photography. Discover Magazine, 15 May 2013

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Word History



First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of schlieren was in 1898

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“Schlieren.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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