[ fruh-nel; French frey-nel ]
/ frəˈnɛl; French freɪˈnɛl /


Augustin Jean,1788–1827, French physicist. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for augustin jean fresnel (1 of 2)

/ (ˈfreɪnɛl, French frɛnɛl) /


a unit of frequency equivalent to 10 12 hertz

Word Origin for fresnel

C20: named after Augustin Jean Fresnel (1788–1827), French physicist

British Dictionary definitions for augustin jean fresnel (2 of 2)

/ (French frɛnɛl) /


Augustin Jean (oɡystɛ̃ ʒɑ̃). 1788–1827, French physicist: worked on the interference of light, contributing to the wave theory of light
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Scientific definitions for augustin jean fresnel

[ frā-nĕl ]
Augustin Jean 1788-1827

French physicist whose investigations of the interference, diffraction, and polarization of light helped establish the theory that light moves in a wavelike motion. Fresnel also made great contributions to the field of optics, including the development of a compound lens for use in lighthouses.
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