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Meaning of “optical” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of optical from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"optical" in American English

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opticaladjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈɑp·tɪ·kəl/
connected with the ​eyes or ​sight, or ​connected with or using ​light: an optical ​telescope
(Definition of optical from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"optical" in Business English

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opticaladjective

uk   us   /ˈɒptɪkəl/
relating to ​light and the ​ability to see: optical ​equipment/​goods/​devices They ​manufacture a ​variety of lenses, mirrors, prisms, and other optical ​components.
IT relating to the ​ability of a ​piece of ​electronicequipment to ​recognizeprinted or written ​letters or ​numbers: an optical ​scanner/​reader
optically
adverb
The ​machine optically ​scans the ​passport to ​verify the person's ​identity.
(Definition of optical from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “optical”
in Chinese (Simplified) 光学的, 视觉的, 视力的…
in Turkish görme ve ışıkla ilgili…
in Russian оптический…
in Chinese (Traditional) 光學的, 視覺的, 視力的…
in Polish optyczny…
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