Definition of optic in English:

optic

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒptɪk
 
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adjective

  • Relating to the eye or vision.
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    • Vigilance is needed for any features of possible optic neuropathy, such as blurred vision, impaired colour perception, and reduced visual acuity
    • All patients were diagnosed as having anterior optic neuropathy.
    • The ophthalmic artery may have a separate foramen located between the optic foramen and the superior orbital fissure.

noun

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  • 1A lens or other optical component in an optical instrument.
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    • Not only does the lens have the power of some of the white-coloured optics you've seen at sidelines of football matches and other sporting events, the Leica-made zoom features image stabilisation to reduce blur too.
    • The shop, primarily, handles optics from Leupold and Swift Instruments.
    • This method is reasonably adequate for small optics but breaks down when the optic is exposed to beams substantially larger than the area tested.
  • 2 archaic or • humorous The eye.
  • 3British trademark A device fastened to the neck of an inverted bottle for measuring out spirits.
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    • Skinner once again has optics filled with various spirits mounted on the drum riser, allowing him to distribute drinks to the front row.
    • The group of fourth-year Master of Engineering degree students have designed a new optic which can dispense either single or double shots of spirits in a single, quick operation.
    • It's a small vacuum optic that is attached to the top of a bottle after it has been opened to stop oxygen getting in and ruining wine.

Origin

late Middle English: from French optique or medieval Latin opticus, from Greek optikos, from optos 'seen'.

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