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optic

[ op-tik ]
/ ˈɒp tɪk /
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adjective
of or relating to the eye or sight.
noun
the eye.
a lens of an optical instrument.
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Origin of optic

1535–45; <Medieval Latin opticus<Greek optikós, equivalent to opt(ós) seen (verbid of ópsesthai to see) + -ikos-ic

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British Dictionary definitions for optic (1 of 2)

optic
/ (ˈɒptɪk) /

adjective
of or relating to the eye or vision
a less common word for optical
noun
an informal word for eye 1

Word Origin for optic

C16: from Medieval Latin opticus, from Greek optikos, from optos visible, seen; related to ōps eye

British Dictionary definitions for optic (2 of 2)

Optic
/ (ˈɒptɪk) /

noun
British trademark a device attached to an inverted bottle for dispensing measured quantities of liquid, such as whisky, gin, etc
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Scientific definitions for optic

optic
[ ŏptĭk ]

Relating to or involving the eye or vision.
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