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[ri-fran-juh-buh l]
  1. capable of being refracted, as rays of light.
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Origin of refrangible

First recorded in 1665–75; re- + frangible
Related formsre·fran·gi·ble·ness, re·fran·gi·bil·i·ty, nounun·re·fran·gi·ble, adjective
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Historical Examples of refrangible

  • Light is decomposed by the prism, because its component parts are refrangible in different degrees, by the same refracting medium.

    Conversations on Natural Philosophy, in which the Elements of that Science are Familiarly Explained

    Jane Haldimand Marcet and Thomas P. Jones

  • Minium reflects the least refrangible or red-making Rays most copiously, and thence appears red.


    Isaac Newton

  • Violets reflect the most refrangible most copiously, and thence have their Colour, and so of other Bodies.


    Isaac Newton

British Dictionary definitions for refrangible


  1. capable of being refracted
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Derived Formsrefrangibility or refrangibleness, noun

Word Origin for refrangible

C17: from Latin refringere to break up, from re- + frangere to break
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Word Origin and History for refrangible


1670s, from stem of Vulgar Latin *refrangere, from re- "back" (see re-) + Latin frangere "to break" (see fraction).

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