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Meaning of REFRACT

Pronunciation:  ri'frakt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  determine the refracting power of (a lens)
  2. [v]  subject to refraction, as of a light beam

REFRACT is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.