plural noun[treated as singular]
1The use of thin flexible fibers of glass or other transparent solids to transmit light signals, chiefly for telecommunications or for internal examination of the body.
- With the crash of the telecom sector, its investments in fibre optics capacity and other telecommunications ventures turned out to have been very expensive.
- Alcatel is divided in five business segments, comprising networking, the Internet and fiber optics, the enterprise and consumer sectors, telecoms components and energy.
- By the 1990s, satellite transmissions, cable television, digital facsimiles, fiber optics, and the Internet put the vast majority of Americans within reach of a global network of technological systems.
1.1 [treated as plural] The fibers and associated devices so used.
- Because fiber optics are so flexible and can transmit and receive light, they are used in many flexible digital cameras for the following purposes.
- They use fibre optics to shine light into the body.
- Taiwan must do more to safeguard telecommunications, fiber optics, energy supplies and major transportation arteries, and should consider allowing private agencies to assist in national defense, he said.
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