- pertaining to or produced by both reflection and refraction.
Origin of catadioptric
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Each instrument carries six, five of which can be attached at pleasure either to the catadioptric or the achromatic.
The catadioptric lens, or holophote, gives a far more powerful but a more concentrated beam than the parabolic reflector.Torpedoes and Torpedo Warfare
C. W. Sleeman
The apparatus is of the first catadioptric order, lighted by a first-class pressure lamp.A Yacht Voyage Round England
Another classification divides the instruments themselves into three classes: (a) catoptric, (b) dioptric and (c) catadioptric.
- involving a combination of reflecting and refracting componentsa catadioptric telescope
C18: from cata- + dioptric
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