from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to mirrors and reflected images.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of, relating to, or produced by mirrors or reflections
- n. The branch of optics dealing with reflection.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to catoptrics; produced by reflection.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to the branch of optics called catoptrics; pertaining to incident and reflected light.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to catoptrics; produced by or based on mirrors
This 'catoptric' form of apparatus is still to some extent employed in our lighthouse-service, but for a long time past it has been more and more displaced by the great lenses devised by the illustrious Frenchman, Fresnel.
‘I am going to apply what is called the catoptric test.
The eleven guardsmen who lined the seat astern, fading like so many ghosts into its pointille upholstery, owed their near invisibility to the catoptric armor of my own Praetorians; and I soon realized they were my own Praetorians in fact, their armor, and what was more important, their traditions having been handed down from this unimaginably early day to my own.
Eisenoplasy, or esenoplastic power, is contradistinguished from fantasy, either catoptric or metoptric -- repeating simply, or by transposition -- and, again, involuntary [fantasy] as in dreams, or by an act of the will.
In dilating the pupil with the extract, preliminary to an examination of a diseased eye by the catoptric test, I have repeatedly found it to allay supra-orbital pains.
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The floating lights of England are illuminated by means of lamps with metallic reflectors, on what is styled the catoptric system.
The lantern consists of a brilliant catoptric fixed light, produced by nineteen Argand lamps.
Each of the white towers is sixty-one feet high, and contains a brilliant fixed catoptric or reflecting light.
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"But to return to the catastrophe of the Socratics:" By the time that the philosophical experiments in 'diving without hydraulics' had cleaned me entirely out, it was suggested that any thing in the shape of a loan would be desirable; they were not nice -- not they; a pair of globes; a set of catoptric instruments; an electrical apparatus; a few antique busts; or a collection of books for the library; -- any old rum, as
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