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refract

re·fract

refract

 
 
pronunciation:
rih fraekt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: refracted, refracting, refracts
definition: to bend (rays or waves of light, heat, sound, or the like) in passing (them) obliquely from one medium into another which transmits them at a different speed.
The rays of light are refracted by the prism.
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derivations: refractive (adj.), refractivity (n.)
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