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porro prism Syllabification: por·ro prism
Pronunciation: /ˈpôrō ˌprizəm/
(also Porro prism)

Definition of porro prism in English:


1A reflecting prism in which the light is reflected by two 45° surfaces and returned parallel to the incoming beam. Compare with roof prism.
Example sentences
  • While not as sexy as a roof prism, the porro prism is a dependable unit made for the outdoors.
  • Two porro prism binocular models are new, the 8x42 mm and the 10x42 mm.
  • Modern roof prism designs are capable of performance just as good as a comparable porro prism design, due to current technology such as phase coating and improved reflective backing materials on the prisms.
1.1 (porro prisms) (also porro-prism binoculars) A pair of binoculars using two porro prisms at right angles, resulting in a conventional instrument with objective lenses that are further apart than the eyepieces.


Named after Ignazio Porro (1801–75), Italian engineer.

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