Decomposition of light

the division of light into the prismatic colors.

See also: Decomposition

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Add to these aspects the reflections of the space and its occupants, and other fleeting and unpredictable effects (optical distortions, spectral decomposition of light), and the objects seemed, as we observed them, to break off from themselves in order to become, like alephs, figures of the inexhaustible variety of the visible.