diffract

[ dih-frakt ]
/ dɪˈfrækt /
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verb (used with object)

to break up or bend by diffraction.

Nearby words

  1. diffident,
  2. diffidently,
  3. diffluence,
  4. diffluent,
  5. difflugia,
  6. diffraction,
  7. diffraction grating,
  8. diffraction halo,
  9. diffraction pattern,
  10. diffractive

Origin of diffract

First recorded in 1795–1805; back formation from diffraction

Related formsun·dif·fract·ed, adjective

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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.



British Dictionary definitions for diffract

diffract

/ (dɪˈfrækt) /

verb

to undergo or cause to undergo diffractionto diffract light; the light diffracts at a slit
Derived Formsdiffractive, adjectivediffractively, adverbdiffractiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for diffract

diffract

v.

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

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