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REFRACTION

 Dictionary entry overview: What does refraction mean? 

REFRACTION (noun)
  The noun REFRACTION has 2 senses:

1. the change in direction of a propagating wave (light or sound) when passing from one medium to another
2. the amount by which a propagating wave is bent

  Familiarity information: REFRACTION used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


REFRACTION (noun)


Sense 1refraction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The change in direction of a propagating wave (light or sound) when passing from one medium to another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

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

physical phenomenon (a natural phenomenon involving the physics of matter and energy)

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

birefringence; double refraction (splitting a ray into two parallel rays polarized perpendicularly)


Sense 2refraction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The amount by which a propagating wave is bent

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

deflexion; deflection; refraction

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

bend; bending (movement that causes the formation of a curve)


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