- the branch of optics dealing with the transmission of light and images, as around bends and curves, through transparent optical fibers
- the technology using this fiber as for the transmission of data at high speeds and in large amounts
- such fibers bound together and used to send data, images, etc.
noun(used with sing. verb)
- The science or technology of light transmission through very fine, flexible glass or plastic fibers.
- A cable or network of cables containing optical fibers.
- fi′ber-op′tic, fi′ber·op′tic
- Alternative spelling of fibre optics.
fiber optics - Computer Definition
The use of optical fibers. Fiber-optic networks transformed the world of communications. Starting in the late 1960s and gaining momentum in the 1980s, the phone companies replaced their copper long distance trunks with fiber cable. Fiber transmission also reaches many commercial buildings and even to the home in certain neighborhoods. In time, the electronic circuits in computers may be replaced with light, in which case fiber pathways would be used throughout the system. See FTTP, optical fiber and fiber optics glossary.