# 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]
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## 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.
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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
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Translations
مَنشورمَوْشور
hranolprizma
prisme
prisma, strendingurstrendingur
prizmėprizminis
prizma
graniastosłuppryzmat
hranolprizma

## prism

[ˈprɪzəm] N (Geom, Tech) →
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## prism

[ˈprɪzəm] n
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## prism

nPrisma nt
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## prism

[ˈprɪzm] n (Geom, Tech) →
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## 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.