spec·​u·​lar | \ˈspe-kyə-lər \

Definition of specular 

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from specular

specularity \ˌspe-​kyə-​ˈler-​ə-​tē, -​ˈla-​rə-​ \ noun
specularly \ˈspe-​kyə-​lər-​lē \ adverb

Examples of specular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'specular.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of specular

1640, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for specular

Latin specularis of a mirror, from speculum

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about specular

Statistics for specular

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for specular

The first known use of specular was in 1640

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for specular


spec·​u·​lar | \ˈspek-yə-lər \

Medical Definition of specular 

: conducted with the aid of a speculum a specular examination

More from Merriam-Webster on specular

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with specular

Comments on specular

What made you want to look up specular? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to enclose within walls

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!