Definition of “diffract” - English Dictionary

“diffract” in English

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diffractverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈfrækt/ us /dɪˈfrækt/

Examples from literature

  • As I remember, the color of the sky is due to the scattering of light—light rays being diffracted in the air. 
  • But whatever the facts may be, in this respect the statement in the text of the impossibility of representing diffracted color in painting is equally true. 

(Definition of “diffract” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“diffract” in American English

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diffractverb [ T ]


physics to break up light or sound waves by making them go through a narrow space or across an edge

noun [ U ] /dɪˈfræk·ʃən/ physics

(Definition of “diffract” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)