- the branch of optics dealing with the formation of images by mirrors.
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Two methods of lighting have been employed—the Catoptric and the Dioptric systems.Grace Darling
Catoptric, kat-op′trik, adj. relating to catoptrics or vision by reflection.
The floating lights of England are illuminated by means of lamps with metallic reflectors, on what is styled the catoptric system.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands
Another classification divides the instruments themselves into three classes: (a) catoptric, (b) dioptric and (c) catadioptric.
This optic embodied the first combination of dioptric and catoptric elements in one design (fig. 34).
- (functioning as singular) the branch of optics concerned with reflection, esp the formation of images by mirrors
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Word Origin and History for catoptric
- Relating to the reflection of light, especially by a mirror. Catoptric lenses are used in Fresnel lenses and many telescopes. Compare catadioptric dioptric.