refractor

[ ri-frak-ter ]
/ rɪˈfræk tər /
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noun

a person or thing that refracts.

Nearby words

  1. refractive keratotomy,
  2. refractively,
  3. refractivity,
  4. refractometer,
  5. refractometry,
  6. refractory,
  7. refractory anemia,
  8. refractory period,
  9. refractory state,
  10. refracture

Origin of refractor

First recorded in 1630–40; refract + -or2

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British Dictionary definitions for refractor

refractor

/ (rɪˈfræktə) /

noun

an object or material that refracts
another name for refracting telescope
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Word Origin and History for refractor

refractor

n.

1769, as a type of telescope, agent noun from refract.

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