Diffraction is defined as a process by which light waves break up into dark and light bands or into the colors of the spectrum.(noun)
Light passing through a narrow opening in the blinds, causing bright and dark shadows and patterns to fall across the floor is an example of defraction.
See diffraction in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ML diffractio < L diffractus: see diffract
See diffraction in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: New Latin diffrāctiō, diffrāctiōn-
Origin: , from Latin diffrāctus
Origin: , past participle of diffringere
Origin: : dis-, apart; see dis-
Origin: + frangere, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
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