schlieren

plural noun
schlie·​ren | \ ˈshlir-ən How to pronounce schlieren (audio) \

Definition of schlieren

1 : small masses or streaks in an igneous rock that differ in composition from the main body
2 : 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

Other Words from schlieren

schlieric \ ˈshlir-​ik How to pronounce schlieren (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of schlieren

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for schlieren

German

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“Schlieren.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/schlieren. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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