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Of, resembling, or produced by a mirror or speculum.

spec′u·lar·ly adv.


1. (General Physics) of, relating to, or having the properties of a mirror: specular reflection.
2. (General Physics) of or relating to a speculum
[C16: from Latin speculāris, from speculum a mirror, from specere to look at]
ˈspecularly adv


(ˈspɛk yə lər)

pertaining to or having the properties of a mirror.
[1570–80; < Latin speculāris=specul(um) a mirror (see speculum) + -āris -ar1]
spec′u•lar•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.specular - capable of reflecting light like a mirrorspecular - capable of reflecting light like a mirror; "mirrorlike surface of the lake"; "a specular metal"
reflective - capable of physically reflecting light or sound; "a reflective surface"
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Look once more, ere we leave this specular mount, Westward, much nearer by south-west; behold Where on the AEgean shore a city stands, Built nobly, pure the air and light the soil-- Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts And Eloquence, native to famous wits Or hospitable, in her sweet recess, City or suburban, studious walks and shades.
Accenture and immersive content company Specular Theory received the Best VR Commercial/Branded Entertainment award for their Behind the Style virtual reality experience at the recent VR FEST event in Las Vegas.
It uses advanced algorithms for omni-directional reading to ensure high read rates at high speeds, including those on round, reflective or specular surfaces.
Effect coatings are commonly measured for color using hand-held, multi-angle spectrophotometers with one angle of illumination (450) and multiple angles of detection (-15, 15, 25, 45, 75, 1100) away from the specular reflection (Illustration 1).
com)-- Ophthalmology diagnostics includes corneal imaging: topography (pentacam), specular microscopy, slit-lamp photography, and confocal microscopy, corneal analysis for infectious keratitis, electroretinography, fluorescein imaging, ocular infection diagnosis, ocular pathology, and ultrasound of the eye.
The specular gloss of polypropylene abraded surfaces has been characterized by means of a three-angle glossmeter DRLANGE REFO 3-D in agreement with the ASTM D523, DIN 67530, and ISO 2813 specifications.
The clinical diagnosis of keratoconus was based on corneal topography, pachymetry values, specular analysis, visual acuity.
To this end, three previously prepared individual scales for the three most significant geometric appearance attributes, namely specular gloss, distinctness of image (DOI), and orange peel for each of a series of metallic black, metallic gray, metallic silver, and solid white automotive finishes were utilized.
We use an Adaboost method for eye detection and analyze the relation between the pupil center and three specular reflections generated by three IR-LEDs for extracting facial features.
The cabinets combine separate long-and short-wave 8-W UV light sources with uniquely designed specular aluminum reflectors to assure maximum intensity and enhanced fluorescent contrast.
As part of its research for an upcoming report on the obstacles to speedier implementation of energy-efficient buildings, the Eneref Institute, a research center that studies and reports on successful green building projects, examined one slice of the commercial lighting retrofit process: the use and potential effectiveness of specular aluminum luminaire reflectors in retrofit projects.