from The Century Dictionary.

  • In entomology, bending in opposite directions: as, elytra diffracted at the tips.

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of diffract.


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  • The position of the beams diffracted from a surface enables us, at least in many cases, to determine the arrangement of the atoms in the surface.

    G.P. Thomson - Nobel Lecture

  • He's big and torpid in red flannel, red spiderlines diffracted across his nose and cheeks.

    Be My Huckleberry

  • Beyond a critical angle, light will not be diffracted, but will rather be reflected.


  • To give you an example of how a diffracted field would differ from a field propagated geometrically, we consider the case of light traveling through a narrow slit in a metal plate:

    Optics basics: What is a wave? Part III: Diffraction « Skulls in the Stars

  • The light is distributed into several diffracted fields, of which one is called the reconstructed field that propagates through the plate as a replica of the object field which previously hit the plate.

    Lippmann's and Gabor's Revolutionary Approach to Imaging

  • And each of the colours was diffracted and diffused by the dancing waters.

    At The Spaniard's Convenience

  • 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.

    Nature Again « Climate Audit

  • Character is externalised, diffracted; parts of ourselves may as much lie in our relationships with other, our work life, our online life, our shopping, our music libraries, our Flickr accounts, our blog lives, Life2, WoW: and that the modern way to show and discuss character is in terms of these externalities.

    Know thyself?

  • For he bore at the very top of it the seal and stamp of his patent — the manifest impact of a bullet, diffracted by the power of Pong.


  • X-rays, it was realized by Max von Laue that such rays were diffracted when passing through crystalline solids, like light passing an optical grating.

    The Nobel Prizes in Physics 1901-2000


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