[ priz-mat-ik ]
/ prɪzˈmæt ɪk /


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.
Sometimes pris·mat·i·cal.

Origin of prismatic

1700–10; < Greek prīsmat- (stem of prîsma) prism + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for prismatic


/ (prɪzˈmætɪk) /


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for prismatic


[ prĭz-mătĭk ]

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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