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PRISM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prism mean? 

PRISM (noun)
  The noun PRISM has 2 senses:

1. a polyhedron with two congruent and parallel faces (the bases) and whose lateral faces are parallelograms
2. optical device having a triangular shape and made of glass or quartz; used to deviate a beam or invert an image

  Familiarity information: PRISM used as a noun is rare.


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PRISM (noun)


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Meaning:

A polyhedron with two congruent and parallel faces (the bases) and whose lateral faces are parallelograms

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Hypernyms ("prism" is a kind of...):

polyhedron (a solid figure bounded by plane polygons or faces)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "prism"):

parallelepiped; parallelepipedon; parallelopiped; parallelopipedon (a prism whose bases are parallelograms)

quadrangular prism (a prism whose bases are quadrangles)

triangular prism (a prism whose bases are triangles)


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Meaning:

Optical device having a triangular shape and made of glass or quartz; used to deviate a beam or invert an image

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

optical prism; prism

Hypernyms ("prism" is a kind of...):

optical device (a device for producing or controlling light)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "prism"):

erecting prism (a right-angled optical prism used to turn an inverted image upright)

Holonyms ("prism" is a part of...):

biprism (an optical device for obtaining interference fringes)

prism spectroscope; spectroscope (an optical instrument for spectrographic analysis)

scope; telescope (a magnifier of images of distant objects)


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