Origin of refract
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Examples from the Web for refracts
In small things and in great consciousness transforms or refracts.The Will to Doubt
Alfred H. Lloyd
How is it that a lens bends (refracts is the big word for it) the rays of light?Through a Microscope
Either a body absorbs light, or it reflects or refracts it, or does all these things.
If it neither reflects nor refracts nor absorbs light, it cannot of itself be visible.
Because, like a large rain drop, it refracts the rays of light, and shows the elementary rays.The Reason Why
- 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 refracts
"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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