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 (prĭz-măt′ĭk) also pris·mat·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
1. Of, relating to, resembling, or being a prism.
2. Formed by refraction of light through a prism. Used of a spectrum of light.
3. Brilliantly colored; iridescent.

[Greek prīsma, prīsmat-, prism; see prism + -ic.]

pris·mat′i·cal·ly adv.
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(prɪzˈmætɪk) or


1. (General Physics) concerned with, containing, or produced by a prism
2. (General Physics) exhibiting bright spectral colours: prismatic light.
3. (Chemistry) crystallog another word for orthorhombic
prisˈmatically adv
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(prɪzˈmæt ɪk)

1. of, pertaining to, or like a prism.
2. formed by or as if by a transparent prism.
3. spectral in color; brilliant.
4. highly varied or faceted.
[1700–10; < Greek prīsmat- (s. of prîsma) prism + -ic]
pris•mat′i•cal•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.prismatic - of or relating to or resembling or constituting a prism; "prismatic form"
2.prismatic - exhibiting spectral colors formed by refraction of light through a prism; "prismatic light"
colorful, colourful - having striking color; "colorful autumn leaves"
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مَوْشوري، مَنْشوري
prizma alakú
prizma şeklinde


[prɪzˈmætɪk] ADJprismático
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adjprismatisch; (= multi-coloured)in den Farben des Spektrums; prismatic colourSpektralfarbe f
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[prɪzˈmætɪk] adjprismatico/a
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(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.
prisˈmatic (-ˈma-) adjective
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References in classic literature ?
The leaf, in one particular stage, when nearly all the prismatic colours are blended on its surface, is often converted by the natives into a superb and striking bead-dress.
"'Four membranous wings covered with little colored scales of metallic appearance; mouth forming a rolled proboscis, produced by an elongation of the jaws, upon the sides of which are found the rudiments of mandibles and downy palpi; the inferior wings retained to the superior by a stiff hair; antennae in the form of an elongated club, prismatic; abdomen pointed, The Death's -- headed Sphinx has occasioned much terror among the vulgar, at times, by the melancholy kind of cry which it utters, and the insignia of death which it wears upon its corslet.'"
Then is there a singular kind of parallel between her and the little glass chandeliers of another age embellishing that assembly-room, which, with their meagre stems, their spare little drops, their disappointing knobs where no drops are, their bare little stalks from which knobs and drops have both departed, and their little feeble prismatic twinkling, all seem Volumnias.
The tall pines seemed sprinkled with a silver dust, and the willows, studded with minute icicles reflecting the prismatic rays, brought to mind the fairy trees conjured up by the caliph's story-teller to adorn his vale of diamonds.
He noted the prismatic colors in all the dewdrops upon a million blades of grass.
While we were still on very high ground, and before the descent toward Argentie`re began, we looked up toward a neighboring mountain-top, and saw exquisite prismatic colors playing about some white clouds which were so delicate as to almost resemble gossamer webs.
It was also considered a luxury to have them alive, it being an amusing sight to see them die, for, when dying, they change color three or four times, and like the rainbow when it disappears, pass through all the prismatic shades, after which they were sent to the kitchen.
Up came the sun, steaming all over London, and in its glorious impartiality even condescending to make prismatic sparkles in the whiskers of Mr Alfred Lammle as he sat at breakfast.
From the circumstance of the latter article having been much polished, and displaying prismatic colours on the inside, I conclude that Mr.
The huge pool of blood in front of her was already assuming the iridescence of coagulation; and when the sun rose a hundred prismatic hues were reflected from it.
The rest must go out of the window.' He fingered a superb prismatic compass and the shiny top of a theodolite.
'What man is there, now living, who can present before us all those changing and prismatic colours with which the character of Hamlet is invested?' exclaimed Mrs Curdle.