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refract

[ri-frakt] /rɪˈfrækt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to subject to refraction.
2.
to determine the refractive condition of (an eye).
Origin of refract
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin refrāctus, past participle of refringere to break, force back, equivalent to re- re- + frac- (variant stem of frangere to break) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
refractable, adjective
refractedly, adverb
refractedness, noun
nonrefracting, adjective
unrefracted, adjective
unrefracting, adjective
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  • Coming events cast their shadows before, and the morning twilight of the new age is refracted deeply into the sky of the old one.

  • He looked at it, and looked, and saw that it refracted the light.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • For diffusion as for light the shorter waves are the most refracted.

    The Mechanism of Life Stphane Leduc
  • Our mind is the prism by which everything is distorted or refracted.

    The English Stage Augustin Filon
  • Knowledge does not enter into the affair at all till after these forms of refracted light have been produced.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
  • Is the direction in which the rays are bent, or refracted, influenced by the relative densities of the media?

    The Reason Why Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for refracted

refract

/rɪˈfrækt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to cause to undergo refraction
2.
to measure the refractive capabilities of (the eye, a lens, etc)
Derived Forms
refractable, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin refractus broken up, from refringere, from re- + frangere to break
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Word Origin and History for refracted

refract

v.

"to bend" (light, sound, heat, etc.), 1610s, back-formation from refraction, and in part from Latin refractus, past participle of refringere. Related: Refracted; refracting.

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refracted in Medicine

refract re·fract (rĭ-frākt')
v. re·fract·ed, re·fract·ing, re·fracts

  1. To deflect something, especially light, from a straight path by refraction.

  2. To determine the refraction of an eye or a lens.

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