Origin of diffraction
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The iridescence of certain Alpine clouds is also an effect of diffraction which may be imitated by the spores of Lycopodium.Six Lectures on Light|John Tyndall
This is the phenomenon of diffraction which has hitherto been considered incompatible with the emission theory of light.
Dispersion may be caused either by refraction or by diffraction.The New Gresham Encyclopedia|Various
Thus on passing through a small orifice diffusion waves exhibit the phenomenon of diffraction just as light waves do.
The heat contained in the diffraction spectrum is, with equal dispersions, barely one-tenth of that in the prismatic spectrum.A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century|Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
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Word Origin for diffraction
Word Origin and History for diffraction
1670s, from French diffraction (17c.) or directly from Modern Latin diffractionem (nominative diffractio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin diffringere "break in pieces," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + frangere "to break" (see fraction).
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Culture definitions for diffraction
The breaking up of an incoming wave by some sort of geometrical structure — for example, a series of slits — followed by reconstruction of the wave by interference. Diffraction of light is characterized by alternate bands of light and dark or bands of different colors.