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  • v. Present participle of refract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving or tending to refract.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Serving or tending to refract; turning from a direct course.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Both these features are altered when the light is exposed to a transparent medium of prismatic shape - that is, to an optically resistant medium so shaped that the length of the light's passage through it changes from one side of the beam to the other, being least at the so-called refracting edge of the prism, greatest at the base opposite to that.

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  • This much glow could easily burn out your retinas, so find some kind of refracting way to view this post.

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  • I remember standing on the bridge in my first years in this crazy business, hoping to find answers in the ripples of the water, asking the refracting light what I should do, and listening to the wind whisper secrets to me.

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  • The kitchen was ambient and still at dawn, the light refracting through half-filled jars of sugar and dried fruits, making everything appear a little invisible, a little godly.

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  • And like a prism refracting a beam of light, the movement for economic justice in New York City will be seen in a thousand cities around the world!

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  • The boundary reflects light as well as refracting it.

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  • They reflected like in sharp, white lines, refracting light onto the grass, the building, back towards the sky.

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  • The pair hearken back, in different ways, to an era when "show biz" could be invoked without quotation marks, and each has a propensity for refracting such history in ways that prove more antic and exciting—not to mention progressive—than much of the futuristic pop pumped out recently.

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  • Astronomical fact: it is much easier to use a pair of binoculars to spy on the martians a few fields over than a big refracting telescope ... for one thing, you probably couldn't crank it down that low!

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  • Now restored in high definition, "Last Year at Marienbad" sparkles like a multifaceted jewel, refracting fragments of dream and reality and confirming the great critic Louis Delluc's dictum that "a good film is a good theorem."

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