Refract Definition

rĭ-frăkt
refracted, refracting, refracts
verb
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.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
Advertisement

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

Unscrambles

refract
Advertisement