[ dih-frakt ]
/ dɪˈfrækt /
verb (used with object)
to break up or bend by diffraction.
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Origin of diffract
First recorded in 1795–1805; back formation from diffraction
OTHER WORDS FROM diffractun·dif·fract·ed, adjective
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Example sentences 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
British Dictionary definitions for diffract
/ (dɪˈfrækt) /
to undergo or cause to undergo diffractionto diffract light; the light diffracts at a slit
Derived forms of diffractdiffractive, adjectivediffractively, adverbdiffractiveness, noun
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