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

spec′u·lar·ly adv.
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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
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(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.
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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.
The alteration mapping focuses on mapping zones of carbonate, quartz-carbonate, jasper-hematite, specular hematite, and chloritic alteration.
This is an example of a more general optical characteristic of many material surfaces where light reflects in a way that has a characteristic spatial distribution that is neither fully specular (mirrorlike) or fully diffuse.
Specular microscopy and confocal microscopy are employed for morphological and morphometric evaluation of endothelial cells in vivo (CANAVAGH et al., 2000; ABIB et al., 2012; NAGATSUYU et al., 2014; BERCHT et al., 2015).
Visitors can also stroll along Ludington's sand dunes or climb 130 steps to the watchtower room, walk out onto the catwalk, and witness specular views of Ludington State Park and Lake Michigan.
The reflection instrument (mirror) and specular reflection (mirroring understood as a process referring to our perceptive mirror stage) has multiple significances.
Directed by Davao, the scene with Avelino was just as specular as his, only his spilled water had ice.
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).
Maryland Heights, MO, May 09, 2017 --(PR.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 reflectance (SR) was measured by spectroscopic reflectometer (Raditech, Taiwan) at a light incidence angle of 0[degrees].