verb (used with object)
- refracting telescope,
Origin of refract
Examples from the Web for refract
Ions in the air act like drops of mist; they refract sunshine and make rainbows after rain.Operation Terror|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Nevertheless they are quite sufficient to interfere with and refract the light rays and to split them up prismatically.
We see, then, that the effect which a fog produces is mainly to refract the light rays.Marvels of Scientific Invention|Thomas W. Corbin
“Well, I hope it will refract some of the gold when we get there,” said Mark.Dead Man's Land|George Manville Fenn
Its rays pass through prisms formed so as to refract impinging light into desired paths with but little loss.Inventors at Work|George Iles
Word Origin 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.