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
1570–80;Related formsspec·u·lar·ly, adverb
< Latin speculāris,
equivalent to specul(um
) a mirror (spec(ere
) to look, regard + -ulum
instrumental suffix; see -ule
) + -āris -ar1
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Examples from the Web for specular
Historical Examples of specular
That done he will choose a specular point himself and keep a sharp look-out.
Galena is often mistaken for other ores, specular iron ore for instance.
Does it seem cold and unhandsome, this specular survey of persons?
Magnetite or magnetic iron ore, specular iron, and limonite are also oxides of iron.
According to Campbell-Swinton the “diffuse” reflection is accompanied by a certain amount of “specular” reflection.
British Dictionary definitions for specular
Derived Formsspecularly, adverb
of, relating to, or having the properties of a mirrorspecular reflection
of or relating to a speculum
Word Origin for specular
C16: from Latin speculāris, from speculum a mirror, from specere to look at
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Word Origin and History for specular
1570s, of mirrors and glass, from Latin specularis, from speculum (see speculum). Of sight or vision, from 1650s, from Latin speculari "to spy" (see speculation).
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