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diopter

[dahy-op-ter] /daɪˈɒp tər/
noun
1.
Optics. a unit of measure of the refractive power of a lens, having the dimension of the reciprocal of length and a unit equal to the reciprocal of one meter.
Abbreviation: D.
2.
an instrument, invented by Hipparchus, to measure the apparent diameter of the sun or moon or to estimate the size or elevation of distant objects.
Also, especially British, dioptre.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Latin dioptra < Greek: instrument for measuring height or levels, equivalent to di- di-3 + op- (for ópsesthai to see) + -tra noun suffix of means
Related forms
dioptral, adjective
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diopter di·op·ter (dī-ŏp'tər)
n.
Abbr. D.
A unit of measurement of the refractive power of lenses equal to the reciprocal of the focal length measured in meters.

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