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English definition of “refract”

refract

verb [T] uk   /rɪˈfrækt/ specialized us  
When water or glass, etc. refracts light or sound, etc., it causes it to change direction or to separate when it travels through it: The glass prism refracted the white light into the colours of the rainbow.Optics, microscopy and lasersEyesight, glasses and lensesPhysical and chemical processes
refraction
noun [U] uk   /-ˈfræk.ʃən/ us  
Optics, microscopy and lasersEyesight, glasses and lenses
refractive
adjective uk   /-ˈfræk.tɪv/ us  
Optics, microscopy and lasersEyesight, glasses and lenses
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