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beam splitter

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noun Optics, Photography.
  1. a mirror or prism that divides a beam of light into two parts by reflecting a part of the beam, used in camera range finders.

Origin of beam splitter

First recorded in 1930–35
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British Dictionary definitions for beam splitter

beam splitter

noun
  1. a system that divides a beam of light, electrons, etc, into two or more paths
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