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refraction definition

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This page has two definitions of refraction in English. Refraction is a noun. Also define these 8 related words and terms: physics, wave, light, medium, optical, density, metallurgy, and heat.

See also: réfraction

English

A soda straw in a glass of liquid shows the refraction of light in the liquid.

Etymology

refract +‎ -ion

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Noun

refraction (countable and uncountable, plural refractions)

  1. (physics) The turning or bending of any wave, such as a light or sound wave, when it passes from one medium into another of different optical density.
  2. (metallurgy) The degree to which a metal or compound can withstand heat

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