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catadioptric

[kat-uh-dahy-op-trik]
adjective Optics.
  1. pertaining to or produced by both reflection and refraction.
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Origin of catadioptric

First recorded in 1715–25; cata- + dioptric
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Historical Examples of catadioptric

  • Each instrument carries six, five of which can be attached at pleasure either to the catadioptric or the achromatic.

    Quarterly Journal of Science, Literature and the Arts, July-December, 1827

    Various

  • The catadioptric lens, or holophote, gives a far more powerful but a more concentrated beam than the parabolic reflector.

  • The apparatus is of the first catadioptric order, lighted by a first-class pressure lamp.

  • Another classification divides the instruments themselves into three classes: (a) catoptric, (b) dioptric and (c) catadioptric.


British Dictionary definitions for catadioptric

catadioptric

adjective
  1. involving a combination of reflecting and refracting componentsa catadioptric telescope
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Word Origin for catadioptric

C18: from cata- + dioptric
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catadioptric in Science

catadioptric

[kăt′ə-dī-ŏptrĭk]
  1. 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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