to·​ric ˈtȯr-ik How to pronounce toric (audio)
: of, relating to, or shaped like a torus or segment of a torus
a toric lens

Examples of toric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other types of cataract surgery lenses that are not covered by Medicare include toric (for astigmatism) and multifocal, which can correct both near and distance vision. Margie Zable Fisher, Fortune Well, 26 July 2023 Another choice to consider if style is important to you is a toric shape, which is a mix of cylindrical and spherical. Olivia Lipski, Good Housekeeping, 27 Feb. 2023 While some skiers prefer the large field of view offered by cylindrical or toric lenses, others might prefer the traditional style of a cylindrical shape. Olivia Lipski, Good Housekeeping, 27 Feb. 2023 Creating the toric code on Google’s processor amounts to forcing each qubit to strictly cooperate with its neighbors by gently nudging them with microwave pulses. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 9 May 2023 This pair of goggles features a toric lens design that is meant to mimic the shape of the human eye and provide a wide field of view. Olivia Lipski, Good Housekeeping, 27 Feb. 2023 The toric lens shape is Anon’s version of a spherical lens. Leslie Hsu Oh, Travel + Leisure, 30 Jan. 2023 Giro’s proprietary toric spherical lens shape eliminates distortions that can affect other less-natural lens styles. Aaron H. Bible, Popular Mechanics, 12 Jan. 2023 Peripherals come courtesy of a toric lens shape, which is similar to that of a spherical lens but is more closely modeled after the shape of the human eye. Drew Zieff, Outside Online, 28 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of toric was in 1890

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“Toric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


: of, relating to, or shaped like a torus or segment of a torus
specifically : being a simple lens having for one of its surfaces a segment of an equilateral zone of a torus and consequently having different refracting power in different meridians
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