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prismatic

[priz-mat-ik] /prɪzˈmæt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or like a prism.
2.
formed by or as if by a transparent prism.
3.
spectral in color; brilliant:
prismatic colors.
4.
highly varied or faceted:
a prismatic existence.
Also, prismatical.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < Greek prīsmat- (stem of prîsma) prism + -ic
Related forms
prismatically, adverb
interprismatic, adjective
unprismatic, adjective
unprismatical, adjective
unprismatically, adverb
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Examples for prismatic
  • The guiding principle of the volume seems to be that literary history is prismatic.
  • Its lateral third is flattened from above downward, while its medial two-thirds is of a rounded or prismatic form.
  • It is a long bone, prismatic in form and slightly curved longitudinally.
  • On transverse section the horizontal portion exhibits a prismatic, the curved portion a semicylindrical form.
  • Certainly, each of his acclaimed, prismatic albums seems to float in its own haunted universe.
  • But charming as the prismatic effect is, it is rivaled by the clever jesting.
  • The prismatic effects in some of the scenes that take place on the stage are not especially good.
  • In this case, the definition of the distance axis was not a problem because the channel was rectangular and prismatic.
  • All prismatic sheeting materials may be used for all signs.
  • Light travels down the pipe, reflecting off the prismatic film that lines the outer acrylic tube.
British Dictionary definitions for prismatic

prismatic

/prɪzˈmætɪk/
adjective
1.
concerned with, containing, or produced by a prism
2.
exhibiting bright spectral colours prismatic light
3.
(crystallog) another word for orthorhombic
Derived Forms
prismatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prismatic
adj.

1709, from Greek prismat-, stem of prisma (see prism) + -ic. Related: Prismatical (1650s).

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prismatic in Science
prismatic
  (prĭz-māt'ĭk)   
  1. Relating to or resembling a prism.

  2. Formed by refraction of light through a prism, used especially of a spectrum of light.


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