- pertaining to or having the properties of a mirror.
- pertaining to a speculum.
- Optics. (of reflected light) directed, as from a smooth, polished surface (opposed to diffuse).
Origin of specular
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That done he will choose a specular point himself and keep a sharp look-out.The Sportsman
Galena is often mistaken for other ores, specular iron ore for instance.The A B C of Mining
Charles A. Bramble
Does it seem cold and unhandsome, this specular survey of persons?Tablets
Amos Bronson Alcott
Magnetite or magnetic iron ore, specular iron, and limonite are also oxides of iron.Geology
According to Campbell-Swinton the “diffuse” reflection is accompanied by a certain amount of “specular” reflection.
- of, relating to, or having the properties of a mirrorspecular reflection
- of or relating to a speculum
C16: from Latin speculāris, from speculum a mirror, from specere to look at
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Word Origin and History for specular
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