Definitions for: Refract

[v] determine the refracting power of (a lens)
[v] subject to refraction, as of a light beam

Webster (1913) Definition: Re*fract" (r?*fr$kt"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Refracted; p. pr. & vb. n. Refracting.] [L. refractus, p.
p. of refringere; pref. re- re- + frangere to break: cf. F.
r['e]fracter. SEe FRacture, and cf. Refrain, n.]
1. To bend sharply and abruptly back; to break off.

2. To break the natural course of, as rays of light orr heat,
when passing from one transparent medium to another of
different density; to cause to deviate from a direct
course by an action distinct from reflection; as, a dense
medium refrcts the rays of light as they pass into it from
a rare medium.

See Also: ascertain, determine, find, find out, subject

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