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op·tics

 (ŏp′tĭks)
n.
1. (used with a sing. verb) The branch of physics that deals with light and vision, chiefly the generation, propagation, and detection of electromagnetic radiation having wavelengths greater than x-rays and shorter than microwaves.
2. (used with a pl. verb) Informal The way a situation or action appears to the general public: Voters were put off by the optics of the candidate's financial dealings.

optics

(ˈɒptɪks)
n
(General Physics) (functioning as singular) the branch of science concerned with vision and the generation, nature, propagation, and behaviour of electromagnetic light

op•tics

(ˈɒp tɪks)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
the branch of physical science that deals with the properties and phenomena of both visible and invisible light and with vision.
[1605–15; < Medieval Latin optica < Greek optiká,optikós; see optic, -ics]

op·tics

(ŏp′tĭks)
The scientific study of light and vision.

optics

The study of light and its uses.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.optics - the branch of physics that studies the physical properties of lightoptics - the branch of physics that studies the physical properties of light
meniscus - (optics) a lens that is concave on one side and convex on the other
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
catoptrics - branch of optics dealing with formation of images by mirrors
holography - the branch of optics that deals with the use of coherent light from a laser in order to make a hologram that can then be used to create a three-dimensional image
stigmatism - (optics) condition of an optical system (as a lens) in which light rays from a single point converge in a single focal point
astigmatism, astigmia - (optics) defect in an optical system in which light rays from a single point fail to converge in a single focal point
collimate - adjust the line of sight of (an optical instrument)
refract - subject to refraction; "refract a light beam"
reflect - show an image of; "her sunglasses reflected his image"
resolve - make clearly visible; "can this image be resolved?"
aberrate - diverge or deviate from the straight path; produce aberration; "The surfaces of the concave lens may be proportioned so as to aberrate exactly equal to the convex lens"
2.optics - optical properties; "the optics of a telescope"
property - a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class; "a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"
Translations
بصرباتعِلْم البَصَرِّات
optika
optik
optiikka
optika
optikafénytan
ljósfræðiljósfræîisjónfræði
光学
광학
optyka
optika
optika
ทรรศนศาสตร์
ışık bilimioptik

optics

[ˈɒptɪks] NSINGóptica f

optics

[ˈɒptɪks] noptique f

optics

n singOptik f

optics

[ˈɒptɪks] nsgottica

optical scanner

noun
optics (ˈoptiks) noun singular
the science of light.

op·tics

n. óptica, ciencia que estudia la luz y la relación de ésta con la visión.

optics

n óptica
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Ashkin, Forces of a single-beam gradient laser trap on a dielectric sphere in the ray optics regime, Biophys.