Definition of refrangible in English:

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refrangible

Pronunciation: /rəˈfranjəb(ə)l/

adjective

Able to be refracted.
Example sentences
  • Newton had been inveigled into publishing his explanation of the rainbow, asserting that the colours of the rainbow are generated from white light (as from the Sun) merely because they are ‘differently refrangible’.

Derivatives

refrangibility

Pronunciation: /rəˌfranjəˈbilədē/
noun
Example sentences
  • The system he studied was thus a simple one, comprising entities of a single kind - rays with diverse refrangibility - whose mutual interactions, such as color mixing, were purely superpositional.
  • He discovered chromatic aberration and the selective ‘refrangibility’ of colours.

Origin

Late 17th century: from modern Latin refrangibilis, from refrangere 'break up' (see refract).

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