[ dih-frakt ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to break up or bend by diffraction.

Origin of diffract

First recorded in 1795–1805; back formation from diffraction

Other words from diffract

  • un·dif·fract·ed, adjective

Words Nearby diffract

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How to use diffract in a sentence

  • 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


/ (dɪˈfrækt) /

  1. to undergo or cause to undergo diffraction: to diffract light; the light diffracts at a slit

Derived forms of diffract

  • diffractive, adjective
  • diffractively, adverb
  • diffractiveness, noun

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