- of, relating to, or applying optics or the principles of optics.
- constructed to assist sight or to correct defects in vision.
- of or relating to sight or vision; visual.
- of or relating to the eye.
- of or relating to an optician or opticians or to their products, especially eyeglasses: an optical service.
- dealing with or skilled in optics.
- opticals. optical effects.
Origin of optical
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Examples from the Web for optically
The fall of Aleppo will be hugely tragic—“psychologically and optically devastating,” says Itani.Is Obama Done Playing Footsie With Assad?
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Polarizing contact-lenses—prescription or optically neutral.Makers
To use the scientific phrase, they are not optically continuous.Six Lectures on Light
The occurrence of hemihedral faces was considered by Pasteur to be a sufficient criterion for an optically active substance.
In Fig. 111, are given diagrammatically two isothermal solubility curves for optically active substances.
As, for instance, strychnine racemate, a compound of racemic acid with the optically active strychnine.
- of, relating to, producing, or involving light
- of or relating to the eye or to the sense of sight; optic
- (esp of a lens) aiding vision or correcting a visual disorder
Word Origin and History for optically
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to vision or the eyes.
- Relating to optics.
- Relating to or using visible light.
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