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prismatic

[priz-mat-ik]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or like a prism.
  2. formed by or as if by a transparent prism.
  3. spectral in color; brilliant: prismatic colors.
  4. highly varied or faceted: a prismatic existence.
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Sometimes pris·mat·i·cal.

Origin of prismatic

1700–10; < Greek prīsmat- (stem of prîsma) prism + -ic
Related formspris·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbin·ter·pris·mat·ic, adjectiveun·pris·mat·ic, adjectiveun·pris·mat·i·cal, adjectiveun·pris·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for prismatic

prismatic

adjective
  1. concerned with, containing, or produced by a prism
  2. exhibiting bright spectral coloursprismatic light
  3. crystallog another word for orthorhombic
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Derived Formsprismatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prismatic

adj.

1709, from Greek prismat-, stem of prisma (see prism) + -ic. Related: Prismatical (1650s).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

prismatic in Science

prismatic

[prĭz-mătĭk]
  1. Relating to or resembling a prism.
  2. Formed by refraction of light through a prism, used especially of a spectrum of light.
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