The light refracts through the prisms.
An example of refract is for a mirror to cause a light beam to bounce back.
- to cause (a ray or wave of light, heat, or sound) to undergo refraction
- Optics to measure the degree of refraction of (an eye or lens)
Origin of refractfrom Classical Latin refractus, past participle of refringere, to turn aside from re-, back + frangere, to break
transitive verbre·fract·ed, re·fract·ing, re·fracts
- To deflect (light, for example) from a straight path by refraction.
- To alter by viewing through a medium: “In the Quartet reality is refracted through a variety of eyes” ( Elizabeth Kastor )
- Medicine To determine the refraction of (an eye, for example).
Origin of refractLatin refringere refrāct- to break up re- re- frangere to break ; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present refracts, present participle refracting, simple past and past participle refracted)
- From Latin refractum, the neutral inflection of refractus, the past participle of refringere, itself from re- 'again' + frangere 'to break'.