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Nicol prism

[nik-uh l] /ˈnɪk əl/
noun, Optics.
1.
one of a pair of prisms used to produce and analyze plane-polarized light in a polarizing microscope.
Also called Nicol.
Compare polarizer (def 1).
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; after William Nicol (1768-1851), British physicist, its inventor
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British Dictionary definitions for Nicol prism

Nicol prism

/ˈnɪkəl/
noun
1.
a device composed of two prisms of Iceland spar or calcite cut at specified angles and cemented together with Canada balsam. It is used for producing plane-polarized light
Word Origin
C19: named after William Nicol (?1768–1851), Scottish physicist, its inventor
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