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


Greek katoptrikos, from katoptron, mirror; see okw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek κατοπτικός, from κάτοπτρον (katoptron, "mirror"). (Wiktionary)



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  • This catoptric theater was contrived to take away your identity and make you feel unsure not only of yourself but also of the very objects standing between you and the mirrors.
    --Umberto Eco, 1988, Foucault's Pendulum, p. 13

    September 29, 2008