Refract Definition

refracted, refracting, refracts
To cause (a ray or wave of light, heat, or sound) to undergo refraction.
Webster's New World
To alter by viewing through a medium.
American Heritage
To measure the degree of refraction of (an eye or lens)
Webster's New World

(intransitive, of light) To change direction as a result of entering a different medium.


Origin of Refract

  • From Latin refractum, the neutral inflection of refractus, the past participle of refringere, itself from re- 'again' + frangere 'to break'.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin refringere refrāct- to break up re- re- frangere to break bhreg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

Find Similar Words

Find similar words to refract using the buttons below.

Words Starting With

Words Ending With