specular

adjective
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 specular (audio) , -​ˈla-​rə-​ \ noun
specularly \ ˈspe-​kyə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce specular (audio) \ adverb

Examples of specular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web None were seen at its equator, where the specular reflections were observed by the radio telescopes beginning in 2000, the researchers write. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 June 2020 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, 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, 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, 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 Jun. 2021.

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specular

adjective
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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