[ 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
OTHER WORDS FROM catoptricsca·top·tric, ca·top·tri·cal, adjectiveca·top·tri·cal·ly, adverb
Words nearby catoptrics
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Example sentences from the Web for catoptrics
Catoptric, kat-op′trik, adj. relating to catoptrics or vision by reflection.
Catoptrics, which treats of the reflection of light, and Dioptrics, which treats of its refraction.Conversations on Natural Philosophy, in which the Elements of that Science are Familiarly Explained|Jane Haldimand Marcet and Thomas P. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for catoptrics
/ (kəˈtɒptrɪks) /
(functioning as singular) the branch of optics concerned with reflection, esp the formation of images by mirrors
Derived forms of catoptricscatoptric or catoptrical, adjective
Word Origin for catoptrics
C18: from Greek katoptrikos, from katoptron mirror
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