Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The study of the refraction of light.

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  • n. Plural form of dioptric.
  • n. the study of the refraction of light, especially by lenses

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science of the refraction of light; that part of geometrical optics which treats of the laws of the refraction of light in passing from one medium into another, or through different mediums, as air, water, or glass, and esp. through different lenses; -- distinguished from catoptrics, which refers to reflected light.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That part of optics which treats of the refraction of light passing through different media, as air, water, or glass, and especially through lenses.

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Examples

  • Mathematics and mechanics, optics and dioptrics are present in discussions of color practices, especially those at the fine-arts academies, but chemistry was more directly a part of the daily routine of colormakers.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • RENÉ DESCARTES (1596–1650) published Discours de la méthode, an introduction to his philosophy, which served as a preface to his works on dioptrics, meteorology, and geometry.

    1614

  • ALLVAR GULLSTRAND (1862 – 1930), professor of physiological and physical optics at the University of Uppsala: the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for his work on the dioptrics of the eye."

    The Nobel Stamps of 1971

  • Caroline Institute wished to show their respect for Gullstrand's penetrating pioneer work on the dioptrics of the eye.

    Physiology or Medicine 1911 - Presentation Speech

  • In 1911 he received the Nobel Prize for his work on the dioptrics of the eye.

    Allvar Gullstrand - Biography

  • Menschen (Introduction to the methods of the dioptrics of the human eyes), 1911.

    Allvar Gullstrand - Biography

  • Menschen (The optical image in heterogeneous media and the dioptrics of the human crystalline lens), 1908, which was awarded the Centenary Gold Medal of the Swedish Medical Association.

    Allvar Gullstrand - Biography

  • Uppsala, for his works concerning the dioptrics of the eye.

    Physiology or Medicine 1911 - Presentation Speech

  • Whatever the reasons, the fact is that considerable progress had already been made in both catoptrics, the study of reflected light, and dioptrics, the study of refraction.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • In 1604 he published “A Supplement to Vitellion,” containing the earliest known reasonable theory of optics, and especially of dioptrics or vision through lenses.

    Kepler

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