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Huygens principle

noun, Optics, Physics.
the principle that all points on a wave front of light are sources of secondary waves and that surfaces tangential to these waves define the position of the wave front at any point in time.
Origin of Huygens principle
First recorded in 1830-40; named after C. Huygens Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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