American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, resembling, or produced by a mirror or speculum.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a mirror; capable of reflecting objects: as, a specular surface; a specular mineral; specular metal (an alloy prepared for making mirrors).
- Assisting or facilitating vision; serving for inspection or observation; affording a view: as, a specular orb (the eye or a lens); specular stone (an old name for mica used in windows, in Latin specularis lapis); a specular tower (one serving as a lookout).
- In ornithology, of or pertaining to the speculum of the wing; ocellar: as, the specular area; specular iridescence.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the qualities of a speculum, or mirror; having a smooth, reflecting surface
- adj. (Med.) Of or pertaining to a speculum; conducted with the aid of a speculum.
- adj. obsolete Assisting sight, as a lens or the like.
- adj. rare Affording view.
- adj. capable of reflecting light like a mirror
- From Latin speculāris, from speculum; and in some senses from speculārī ("to watch, observe"). Some later senses via French spéculaire. (Wiktionary)
“Cassini scientists had been looking for the glint, also known as a specular reflection, since the spacecraft began orbiting Saturn in 2004.”
“In some places it is obtained from what is called the specular iron ore, and also from black oxide.”
“Other treasures in the tomb included shells imported from the Pacific coast, colorful bowls, remnants of textiles and ingots of a brilliant red pigment called specular hematitite, similar to the bronze ingots in Mediterranean shipwrecks.”
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“And during the last five years it has been looking for a phenomenon known as a specular reflection, which is simply the flash of light caused by the reflection of the Sun off of the surface of a lake.”
“For those not familiar with these terms, diversity involves the use of different defect detection mechanisms such as specular response, diffracted edge waves, mode conversions etc. to safeguard against intrinsic weaknesses in one particular mechanism.”
“If it's shiny and giving off a blue colour - what is the "specular" value set to? anything blue-ish?”
“Madurai Aravind Eye Hospital provided the expertise - from training the medical staff and handling equipment such as specular microscopy.”
“Because you can normal map, light map, bump map, occular map, and specular map everything with multiple effects passes, per-pixel lighting, and full spherical harmonics, people seem to think you have to.”
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