Definition of “diffraction” - English Dictionary


“diffraction” in English

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diffractionnoun [ U ]

uk /dɪˈfræk.ʃən/ us /dɪˈfræk.ʃən/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • It is therefore certain that this is a phenomenon of the diffraction of light simply produced by the vesicles of the mist. 
  • Orange, red, green, blue—all the hues produced by diffraction—were exhibited in the utmost splendor. 
  • Spectra are, however, formed by diffraction, wherein the distribution of both heat and light is different from that produced by the prism. 
  • Their slight amplitude, however, is the cause of there here being neither refraction nor diffraction phenomena, save in very special conditions. 
  • These are known to be the strongest color bands in the diffraction spectrum, which accounts for their being generally observed. 

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

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