non-refractional

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refraction definition


A change of direction that light undergoes when it enters a medium with a different density from the one through which it has been traveling — for example, when, after moving through air, it passes through a prism. (Compare reflection.)

Note: Lenses and other optical instruments work through refraction of light.
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