catadioptric

[ kat-uh-dahy-op-trik ]
/ ˌkæt ə daɪˈɒp trɪk /
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adjective Optics.

pertaining to or produced by both reflection and refraction.

Nearby words

  1. cataclysmic,
  2. catacomb,
  3. catacombs,
  4. catacrotism,
  5. catadicrotism,
  6. catadromous,
  7. catafalque,
  8. catagen,
  9. catagenesis,
  10. catagenetic

Origin of catadioptric

First recorded in 1715–25; cata- + dioptric

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British Dictionary definitions for catadioptric

catadioptric

/ (ˌkætədaɪˈɒptrɪk) /

adjective

involving a combination of reflecting and refracting componentsa catadioptric telescope

Word Origin for catadioptric

C18: from cata- + dioptric

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Science definitions for catadioptric

catadioptric

[ kăt′ə-dī-ŏptrĭk ]

Relating to both the reflection and refraction of light, especially by a combination of mirrors and lenses or by a prism. Catadioptric systems are used in Fresnel lenses, optical calibration equipment, and some telescopes. Compare catoptric dioptric.
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