Dictionary.com

photoelasticity

[ foh-toh-i-la-stis-i-tee, -ee-la-stis- ]
/ ˌfoʊ toʊ ɪ læˈstɪs ɪ ti, -ˌi læˈstɪs- /
Save This Word!

noun Physics.
the phenomenon of double refraction of polarized light by a transparent substance under elastic stress, used to measure strain in elastic, transparent materials.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of photoelasticity

First recorded in 1910–15; photo- + elasticity

OTHER WORDS FROM photoelasticity

pho·to·e·las·tic [foh-toh-i-las-tik], /ˌfoʊ toʊ ɪˈlæs tɪk/, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for photoelasticity

photoelasticity
/ (ˌfəʊtəʊɪlæˈstɪsɪtɪ) /

noun
the effects of stress, such as double refraction, on the optical properties of transparent materials
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK