- (used with a singular verb) the branch of physical science that deals with the properties and phenomena of both visible and invisible light and with vision.
- (used with a plural verb) the way a situation, action, event, etc., is perceived by the public or by a particular group of people: The optics on this issue are pretty good for the Democrats. Administrators worry about the bad optics of hiring new staff during a budget crisis.
Origin of optics
- of or relating to the eye or sight.
- the eye.
- a lens of an optical instrument.
Origin of optic
Examples from the Web for optics
Irritated members of Congress say that the authorization of the train-and-equip mission is merely about optics.U.S. Hasn’t Even Started Training Rebel Army to Fight ISIS
November 25, 2014
But, having himself campaigned by hitting others for their lack of involvement, Perry obviously understands the optics of crisis.Rick Perry Avoided Ebola Like the Plague
October 16, 2014
This prompted a lengthy discussion of optics and theatre among the panelists.Todd Brings Goatee and Game to MTP Debut
September 7, 2014
In terms of the optics, let us not forget that the United States is facing a new and extremely dangerous enemy in ISIS.Yes, Obama Was Right to Golf After Foley
Daniel G. Hill
August 30, 2014
Eli wants to replace her because he is worried Peter will succumb to temptation (“the optics are bad,” he says).‘The Good Wife’ Is Back With a Terrific Fifth Season Premiere
September 30, 2013
Besides, optics is God's own science—and this was the morning light.St. Cuthbert's
Robert E. Knowles
The Professor of Astronomy was to teach astronomy, optics, navigation, and cosmography.Art in England
She fixed her optics for a moment on the crumpled piece of paper, but she saw it not.The Silver Lining
Ptolemy's work in optics is a good example of the scientific mind at work.Progress and History
He has a taste for optics also; and knows all about refraction and reflection.Ariadne Florentina
- (functioning as singular) the branch of science concerned with vision and the generation, nature, propagation, and behaviour of electromagnetic light
- of or relating to the eye or vision
- a less common word for optical
- an informal word for eye 1
- British trademark a device attached to an inverted bottle for dispensing measured quantities of liquid, such as whisky, gin, etc
Word Origin and History for optics
early 15c., from Middle French optique, obtique (c.1300) and directly from Medieval Latin opticus "of sight or seeing," from Greek optikos "of or having to do with sight," from optos "seen, visible," from op-, root of opsesthai "be going to see," related to ops "eye," from PIE *okw- "to see" (see eye (n.)).
- The science concerned with the properties of light, its refraction and absorption, and the refracting media of the eye.
- Of or relating to the eye or vision.
- Of or relating to the science of optics or optical equipment.
- The scientific study of light and vision. The study of optics led to the development of more general theories of electromagnetic radiation and theories of color.
- Relating to or involving the eye or vision.