photoelasticity

[ foh-toh-i-la-stis-i-tee, -ee-la-stis- ]

nounPhysics.
  1. the phenomenon of double refraction of polarized light by a transparent substance under elastic stress, used to measure strain in elastic, transparent materials.

Origin of photoelasticity

1
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

Words Nearby photoelasticity

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British Dictionary definitions for photoelasticity

photoelasticity

/ (ˌfəʊtəʊɪlæˈstɪsɪtɪ) /


noun
  1. the effects of stress, such as double refraction, on the optical properties of transparent materials

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