Origin of refractive
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for refractive
Thus they remained ignorant of the refractive powers of the air.Myths and Marvels of Astronomy
Richard A. Proctor
It is perfectly transparent, yet it has refractive qualities.Empire
Clifford Donald Simak
The refractive index of the liquid for the D sodium ray is 1.2236.
It has the least refractive power on light of any body known.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
This effect, like the refractive power and focal distance, varies in degree in different diaphanous substances.
- of or concerned with refraction
- (of a material or substance) capable of causing refraction
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for refractive
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper