- the branch of optics dealing with the formation of images by mirrors.
Origin of catoptrics
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Catoptric, kat-op′trik, adj. relating to catoptrics or vision by reflection.
Catoptrics, which treats of the reflection of light, and Dioptrics, which treats of its refraction.Conversations on Natural Philosophy, in which the Elements of that Science are Familiarly Explained
Jane Haldimand Marcet and Thomas P. Jones
- (functioning as singular) the branch of optics concerned with reflection, esp the formation of images by mirrors
C18: from Greek katoptrikos, from katoptron mirror
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