- to break up or bend by diffraction.
Origin of diffract
First recorded in 1795–1805; back formation from diffraction
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Examples from the Web for diffract
Its cuticle is so ruled with fine lines as to diffract the light and flash on moving much as a fire opal.The Nature of Animal Light
E. Newton Harvey
- to undergo or cause to undergo diffractionto diffract light; the light diffracts at a slit
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Word Origin and History for diffract
1803, perhaps a back-formation from diffraction. Related: Diffracted; diffracting.
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