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diffract

[dih-frakt]
verb (used with object)
  1. to break up or bend by diffraction.
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Origin of diffract

First recorded in 1795–1805; back formation from diffraction
Related formsun·dif·fract·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples of 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


British Dictionary definitions for diffract

diffract

verb
  1. to undergo or cause to undergo diffractionto diffract light; the light diffracts at a slit
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Derived Formsdiffractive, adjectivediffractively, adverbdiffractiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for diffract

v.

1803, perhaps a back-formation from diffraction. Related: Diffracted; diffracting.

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