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noun Physics, Optics.

the angle between a refracted ray and a line drawn normal to the interface between two media at the point of refraction.

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Origin of angle of refraction

First recorded in 1765–75
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British Dictionary definitions for angle of refraction

angle of refraction

noun

the angle that a refracted beam of radiation makes with the normal to the surface between two media at the point of refraction
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Scientific definitions for angle of refraction

angle of refraction

The angle formed by the path of refracted light or other radiation and a line drawn perpendicular to the refracting surface at the point where the refraction occurred.
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