[ dih-frak-tiv ]

  1. causing or pertaining to diffraction.

Origin of diffractive

First recorded in 1820–30; diffract + -ive

Other words from diffractive

  • dif·frac·tive·ly, adverb
  • dif·frac·tive·ness, noun
  • non·dif·frac·tive, adjective
  • non·dif·frac·tive·ly, adverb
  • non·dif·frac·tive·ness, noun
  • un·dif·frac·tive, adjective
  • un·dif·frac·tive·ly, adverb
  • un·dif·frac·tive·ness, noun

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How to use diffractive in a sentence

  • These diffractive spectra have been examined with great skill by Draper and Langley.

    Six Lectures on Light | John Tyndall