American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, resembling, or being a prism.
- adj. Formed by refraction of light through a prism. Used of a spectrum of light.
- adj. Brilliantly colored; iridescent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a prism; having the form of prism.
- Separated or distributed by, or as if by, a transparent prism; formed by a prism; varied in color: as, a prismatic spectrum; prismatic colors.
- In anatomy, noting muscles whose fibers run direct and parallel with one another from the point of origin to the point of insertion: correlative with pyramidal, 3, and rhomboidal, 2.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a prism; having the form of prism; containing one or more prisms.
- adj. Separated or distributed by, or as if by, a transparent prism; formed by a prism; varied or brilliant in color.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Resembling, or pertaining to, a prism.
- adj. Separated or distributed by a prism; formed by a prism.
- adj. (Crystallog.) Same as Orthorhombic.
- adj. exhibiting spectral colors formed by refraction of light through a prism
- adj. of or relating to or resembling or constituting a prism
- Greek prīsma, prīsmat-, prism; see prism + -ic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Once you accept a few basic concepts — that there are three primary colors and that the same three basic colors exist as rays in prismatic light, that colors are seen because that portion of light is destroyed when it reaches a colored surface, that white (i.e., light) is necessary to see color and black — then you understand that, when the three true primitives are perfectly combined, all rays of light are destroyed and that therefore that combination is the negation of light.”
“I've said, is not emerald green, as most folks think -- that is, not unless it is seen under what science-folks call the prismatic action of light -- but a dull white that is almost opaque.”
“I recalled prismatic music-hall posters -- of enormous acreage -- that had been the unnoticed background of my visits to London for years past.”
“Researchers randomly assigned 153 of these children, ages 8 to 13, to wear either single-vision glasses, standard bifocals or so-called prismatic bifocals for two years.”
“Each module is made up of what is known as a prismatic cell”
“What we need here is prismatic, which is flat cells.”
“A123 and Chrysler developed battery systems that use the same battery cell -- one with a flat shape known as a prismatic cell -- rather than tailoring the cells 'chemistries for each different vehicle.”
“At its best, however, her work is truly "prismatic".”
“What kind of prismatic code colors are you trying to foist upon the lens of our viewers?”
“You see the great square chimney; the tiny window-panes, six to a sash, some of them turned by time, not into the purple of Beacon Hill but into a kind of prismatic sheen like oil on water; the bit of classic egg-and-dart border on the door-cap; the aged texture of the weathered clapboard; the graceful arch of the wide woodshed entrance, on the kitchen side; the giant elm rising far above the roof.”
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