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  • Refringency — Re*frin gen*cy (r?*fr?n jen*s?), n. The power possessed by a substance to refract a ray; as, different substances have different refringencies. Nichol. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • refringency — rɪ frɪndÊ’É™nsɪ n. refractivity, quality of causing refraction, quality of causing rays of light or energy to bend as they pass from one medium into another …   English contemporary dictionary

  • refringency — re·frin·gen·cy …   English syllables

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  • Refringent — Re*frin gent ( jent), a. [L. refringens, p. pr. of refringere. See {Refract}.] Pertaining to, or possessing, refringency; refractive; refracting; as, a refringent prism of spar. Nichol. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • refractivity — Refractive power. SYN: refringency. * * * re·frac·tiv·i·ty .rē .frak tiv ət ē, ri n, pl ties the ability of a substance to refract light expressed quantitatively specif the index of refraction minus one * * * re·frac·tiv·i·ty (re″frak… …   Medical dictionary

  • refringent —   a. refracting.    ♦ refringence,    ♦ refringency, n …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • refringent — adj. Physics refracting. Derivatives: refringence n. refringency n. Etymology: L refringere: see REFRACT …   Useful english dictionary

  • refringence — noun see refringency * * * /ri frin jeuhns/ n. refractivity. [REFRING(ENT) + ENCE] …   Useful english dictionary