# prism

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## prism

(prĭz′əm)
n.
1. A solid figure whose bases or ends have the same size and shape and are parallel to one another, and each of whose sides is a parallelogram.
2. A transparent body of this form, often of glass and usually with triangular ends, used for separating white light passed through it into a spectrum or for reflecting beams of light.
3. A cut-glass object, such as a pendant of a chandelier.
4. A crystal form consisting of three or more similar faces parallel to a single axis.
5. A medium that misrepresents whatever is seen through it.

[Late Latin prīsma, from Greek prīsma, thing sawed off, prism, from prīzein, to saw, variant of prīein.]

## prism

(ˈprɪzəm)
n
1. (General Physics) a transparent polygonal solid, often having triangular ends and rectangular sides, for dispersing light into a spectrum or for reflecting and deviating light. They are used in spectroscopes, binoculars, periscopes, etc
2. (General Physics) a form of crystal with faces parallel to the vertical axis
3. (Mathematics) maths a polyhedron having parallel, polygonal, and congruent bases and sides that are parallelograms
[C16: from Medieval Latin prisma, from Greek: something shaped by sawing, from prizein to saw]

## prism

(ˈprɪz əm)

n.
1. Optics. a transparent solid body, often having triangular bases, used for dispersing light into a spectrum or for reflecting rays of light.
2. Geom. a solid having bases or ends that are parallel, congruent polygons and sides that are parallelograms.
3. Crystall. a form having faces parallel to the vertical axis and intersecting the horizontal axes.
[1560–70; < Late Latin prīsma < Greek prîsma literally, something sawed, akin to prizein to saw, prístēs sawyer]

## prism

(prĭz′əm)
1. A geometric solid whose bases are congruent polygons lying in parallel planes and whose sides are parallelograms.
2. A solid of this type, often made of glass with triangular ends, used to disperse light and break it up into a spectrum.

## prism

A transparent, solid object, with at least two plane faces, that bends a light beam and splits it into its component colors.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 prism - a polyhedron with two congruent and parallel faces (the bases) and whose lateral faces are parallelogramspolyhedron - a solid figure bounded by plane polygons or facesparallelepiped, parallelepipedon, parallelopiped, parallelopipedon - a prism whose bases are parallelogramsquadrangular prism - a prism whose bases are quadranglestriangular prism - a prism whose bases are triangles 2 prism - optical device having a triangular shape and made of glass or quartz; used to deviate a beam or invert an imageoptical prismbiprism - an optical device for obtaining interference fringeserecting prism - a right-angled optical prism used to turn an inverted image uprightoptical device - a device for producing or controlling lightprism spectroscope, spectroscope - an optical instrument for spectrographic analysistelescope, scope - a magnifier of images of distant objects
Translations
مَنشورمَوْشور
hranolprizma
prisme
prisma, strendingurstrendingur
prizmėprizminis
prizma
graniastosłuppryzmat
hranolprizma

## prism

[ˈprɪzəm] N (Geom, Tech) →

[ˈprɪzəm] n

nPrisma nt

## prism

[ˈprɪzm] n (Geom, Tech) →

## prism

(ˈprizm) noun
1. a solid figure whose sides are parallel and whose two ends are the same in shape and size.
2. a glass object of this shape, usually with triangular ends, which breaks up a beam of white light into the colours of the rainbow.
References in classic literature ?
It came from the prism pendants encircling the old-fashioned candelabrum in her hand.
At the other end of the series we have the cells of the hive-bee, placed in a double layer: each cell, as is well known, is an hexagonal prism, with the basal edges of its six sides bevelled so as to join on to a pyramid, formed of three rhombs.
Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes, and prism are all very good words for the lips: especially prunes and prism.
In the atmosphere of the Easterly weather, as pellucid as a piece of crystal and refracting like a prism, we could see the appalling numbers of our helpless company, even to those who in more normal conditions would have remained invisible, sails down under the horizon.
His face and eyes were as beautiful as ever, and his fancy was still like a prism, separating everything that fell upon it into rainbows.
It was then ten in the morning; the rays of the sun struck the surface of the waves at rather an oblique angle, and at the touch of their light, decomposed by refraction as through a prism, flowers, rocks, plants, shells, and polypi were shaded at the edges by the seven solar colours.
Of course I submitted to him, because it was my duty; it was my feeling for him," said Dorothea, looking through the prism of her tears.
He wore but a single article of clothing or adornment, a small collar of gold from which depended upon his chest a great ornament as large as a dinner plate set solid with huge diamonds, except for the exact center which was occupied by a strange stone, an inch in diameter, that scintillated nine different and distinct rays; the seven colors of our earthly prism and two beautiful rays which, to me, were new and nameless.
His name and his bright past, seen through the prism of whispered gossip, had gained him the nickname of THE ADMIRAL.
The mammoth grand-stand was clothed in flags, streamers, and rich tapestries, and packed with several acres of small-fry tributary kings, their suites, and the British aristocracy; with our own royal gang in the chief place, and each and every individual a flashing prism of gaudy silks and velvets -- well, I never saw anything to begin with it but a fight between an Upper Mississippi sunset and the aurora borealis.
In a young man of twenty-three the senses count for much in love; their fire produces a sort of prism between his eyes and the woman.
It scintillated nine different and distinct rays; the seven primary colours of our earthly prism and the two rays which are unknown upon Earth, but whose wondrous beauty is indescribable.

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