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noun
variation in focal length of a lens or mirror from center to edge, due to its spherical shape.
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Origin of spherical aberration

First recorded in 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for spherical aberration

spherical aberration

noun
physics a defect of optical systems that arises when light striking a mirror or lens near its edge is focused at different points on the axis to the light striking near the centre. The effect occurs when the mirror or lens has spherical surfacesSee also aberration (def. 4)
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Scientific definitions for spherical aberration

spherical aberration
[ sfîrĭ-kəl ]

See under aberration.
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