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line spectrum

noun, Physics.
an electromagnetic spectrum consisting of discrete lines, usually characteristic of excited atoms or molecules.
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1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The defect is also demonstrated by viewing a line-spectrum focused on a ground glass.

    Visual Illusions Matthew Luckiesh
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line spectrum  
An image of colored lines or bands of light formed in optical spectroscopy, each line representing one of the frequencies in the spectrum of a light source. The light source is usually broken into individual bands by a prism or a diffraction grating.
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