catoptrics

[ kuh-top-triks ]
/ kəˈtɒp trɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the branch of optics dealing with the formation of images by mirrors.

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Origin of catoptrics

1560–70; < Greekkatoptrikós, equivalent to kátoptr(on) mirror (kat- cat- + op- see + -tron suffix of instruments) +-ikos -ic; see -ics

Related formsca·top·tric, ca·top·tri·cal, adjectiveca·top·tri·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for catoptrics

catoptrics

/ (kəˈtɒptrɪks) /

noun

(functioning as singular) the branch of optics concerned with reflection, esp the formation of images by mirrors
Derived Formscatoptric or catoptrical, adjective

Word Origin for catoptrics

C18: from Greek katoptrikos, from katoptron mirror

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