- of, relating to, or applying optics or the principles of optics.
- constructed to assist sight or to correct defects in vision.
- of or relating to sight or vision; visual.
- of or relating to the eye.
- of or relating to an optician or opticians or to their products, especially eyeglasses: an optical service.
- dealing with or skilled in optics.
- opticals. optical effects.
Origin of optical
- special visual effects, as the wipe or dissolve, created in the camera or especially in a film laboratory by technicians using complex optical and electronic equipment.
Also called opticals.
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Examples from the Web for optical
Well, I had seen his first film, “Optical Illusions”, so I knew he was talented and had an original approach.Image is Everything: An Interview with Alejandro Zambra
February 28, 2014
Within a few years of this painting, Vuillard gave up on most of the goals of optical realism.The Mirror Sometimes Lies
July 6, 2012
This drawing may seem pared-down, but its presence as an object is palpable – it is much more than an optical treat.The Maximal Minimalist
March 29, 2012
Strauss-Kahn's sudden, astounding, and very definitive-seeming fall might make an optical illusion of his comeback rise.Can DSK Still Be French President?
July 1, 2011
All lenses project circles; most cameras cut a square or rectangular image out of the middle of the optical pie.New Orleans' Hidden Violence
January 28, 2011
"Your Lordship is deceived by an optical illusion," said the young captain.In Search of the Castaways
She was visited by no more ‘optical illusions’ or ‘cataleptic’ fits.Cruel As The Grave
Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
This causes a kind of optical illusion which is favorable to the flat-footed.Social Life
Maud C. Cooke
So we are told that soldiers' visions are optical illusions.War and the Weird
And yet we are asked to believe that all this is merely an optical illusion.Illogical Geology
George McCready Price
- of, relating to, producing, or involving light
- of or relating to the eye or to the sense of sight; optic
- (esp of a lens) aiding vision or correcting a visual disorder
Word Origin and History for optical
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to vision or the eyes.
- Relating to optics.
- Relating to or using visible light.
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