spec·​u·​lar | \ ˈspe-kyə-lər How to pronounce specular (audio) \

Definition of specular

: of, relating to, or having the qualities of a mirror

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Other Words from specular

specularity \ ˌspe-​kyə-​ˈler-​ə-​tē How to pronounce specularity (audio) , -​ˈla-​rə-​ \ noun
specularly \ ˈspe-​kyə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce specularly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of specular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most good TVs that support HDR are capable of displaying specular highlights at around 800-1,200 cd/m² in brightness, and that range of brightness from black (or close-enough to it on LCD displays) is what makes HDR possible. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Disney+’s The Mandalorian joins a long list of fake HDR content, analysis finds," 26 Nov. 2019 Blocks gain extra depth and detail from normal maps, enabling shadows, lighting, specular reflectivity and ambient occlusion to further increase their fidelity and appearance. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Real-time ray tracing is coming to Minecraft on Windows 10, and it looks stunning," 19 Aug. 2019 My video report on the #Flyers 4-3 OT win over Boston on Sunday pic.twitter.com/oDWaoF0sYH Shooting from deep inside the right circle, Pastranak was stoned by Mrazek, who made a specular glove save. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Flyers 4, Bruins 3: Four quick observations from Philly's overtime win," 1 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of specular

1640, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for specular

Latin specularis of a mirror, from speculum

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The first known use of specular was in 1640

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“Specular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specular. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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spec·​u·​lar | \ ˈspek-yə-lər How to pronounce specular (audio) \

Medical Definition of specular

: conducted with the aid of a speculum a specular examination

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