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REFRACTIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does refractive mean? 

REFRACTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective REFRACTIVE has 2 senses:

1. of or relating to or capable of refraction
2. capable of changing the direction (of a light or sound wave)

  Familiarity information: REFRACTIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


REFRACTIVE (adjective)


Sense 1refractive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or capable of refraction

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

refractile; refractive

Context example:

the refractive characteristics of the eye

Pertainym:

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


Sense 2refractive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capable of changing the direction (of a light or sound wave)

Synonyms:

deflective; refractive

Similar:

crooked (having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned)


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