[ri-fran-juh-buh l]

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for refrangible


  1. capable of being refracted
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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