- capable of being refracted, as rays of light.
Origin of refrangible
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This is an illustration of what is called the aberration of refrangibility.The Mechanism of Life
It was simply so lowered in refrangibility as to escape the visual range.
It corresponds in refrangibility with the yellow band of the spectrum.
This confirmed his previous conclusion that the rays increase in refrangibility from red to violet.
Here, by the interposition of the platinum foil, the refrangibility of the ultra-red rays is so exalted as to render them visible.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
- capable of being refracted
C17: from Latin refringere to break up, from re- + frangere to break
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Word Origin and History for refrangibility
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