Origin of refract
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Examples from the Web for refract
“Well, I hope it will refract some of the gold when we get there,” said Mark.Dead Man's Land
George Manville Fenn
Because they refract the rays of light in the same manner as the rain drops.
Because the light vapours of the air, which are condensed as the sun sets, refract the rays of light, and produce red rays.
Ions in the air act like drops of mist; they refract sunshine and make rainbows after rain.Operation Terror
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
In the mean while another Prism abc is to be fixed next after that hole g, to refract the trajected Light a second time.Opticks
- to cause to undergo refraction
- to measure the refractive capabilities of (the eye, a lens, etc)
C17: from Latin refractus broken up, from refringere, from re- + frangere to break
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Word Origin and History for refract
"to bend" (light, sound, heat, etc.), 1610s, back-formation from refraction, and in part from Latin refractus, past participle of refringere. Related: Refracted; refracting.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To deflect something, especially light, from a straight path by refraction.
- To determine the refraction of an eye or a lens.
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