- of, relating to, or like a prism.
- formed by or as if by a transparent prism.
- spectral in color; brilliant: prismatic colors.
- highly varied or faceted: a prismatic existence.
Origin of prismatic
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Examples from the Web for prismatic
Each telling brings new details or perspective, making the book both repetitive and prismatic.Elias Khoury: Profile of the Essential Arab Novelist Today
August 3, 2012
She talks in a prismatic way that I find perfect for the telephone—a back and forth of recognitions, observations, and phrases.Terry Tempest Williams Talks About Her New Book, ‘When Women Were Birds’
Susan Salter Reynolds
May 22, 2012
Through his prismatic glasses Kingozi could see every detail plainly.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Iridicolor: any color so broken up as to reflect the prismatic hues.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
The spray caught the sun and the prismatic colors added to the scene.Old Rail Fence Corners
In the gray Trant atmosphere she flashed with prismatic fires.The Long Run
And, by the way, why in Heaven's name 'a prismatic compass'?The Riddle of the Sands
- concerned with, containing, or produced by a prism
- exhibiting bright spectral coloursprismatic light
- crystallog another word for orthorhombic
Word Origin and History for prismatic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to or resembling a prism.
- Formed by refraction of light through a prism, used especially of a spectrum of light.
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