angle of refraction


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angle of refraction

n.
The angle formed by a refracted ray or wave and a line perpendicular to the refracting surface at the point of refraction.

angle of refraction

n
(General Physics) the angle that a refracted beam of radiation makes with the normal to the surface between two media at the point of refraction

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n.
the angle between a refracted ray and a normal to the interface between two media at the point of refraction.
[1765–75]

angle of refraction

The angle formed by the path of refracted light or other radiation and a line drawn perpendicular to the refracting surface at the point where the refraction occurred. See more at wave.
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Noun1.angle of refraction - the angle between a refracted ray and a line perpendicular to the surface between the two media at the point of refraction
angle - the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians
References in classic literature ?
It was fitted and filled with looking-glasses at every angle of refraction, so that they looked like the hundred facets of one huge diamond--if one could get inside a diamond.
As the angle of incidence increases, the angle of refraction approaches 90[degrees] to the normal.
Otherwise, the angle of refraction is quite another story.