Definition of catoptric in English:

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Pronunciation: /kaˈtɒptrɪk/


Relating to a mirror, a reflector, or reflection.
Example sentences
  • The jewel of the site is the catoptric light with its brass and steel clockwork to turn it.
  • Ambrose, built in 1952-53, is the only lightship equipped with a modern catoptric type lens.
  • Prior to that the single catoptric fixed white light was powered by three burners.


Mid 16th century (as a noun in the sense 'the part of optics that deals with reflection'): from Greek katoptrikos 'reflecting', from katoptron 'mirror'.

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