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

  • adj. Of or relating to an optical system that uses both reflective and refractive optical devices.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to optical systems that employ both refractive (dioptric) and reflective (catoptric) elements.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, produced by, or involving, both the reflection and refraction of light.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or involving both the refraction and the reflection of light.


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