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.
Refraction is the change in direction that a light ray makes when it passes from one medium into another with a different density, such as from air to glass, with the angle of refraction proportional to the speed of light in a vacuum divided by the speed of light in, for example, glass.
Applying the Snell law to an air glass interface it is clear that the angle of refraction is more normal to the glass surface than the angle of incident.