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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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The journey to Alexandria, where the Rovers have failed so specularly in the past, proved to be hard fall from those heady heights.
The model can be deduced supposing a large, opaque, and specularly reflecting particle.
If the fiber direction is parallel to the wood surface, as in Figure la, the fan of specularly reflected light is planar.
A mirror boundary condition, now available as a special case of the Wall boundary condition, always specularly reflects the incoming rays.
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In general, the reflectance of a metal is governed by the amount of light reflected off the metal specularly [17].
This method assumes that only the surface points that specularly reflect/transmit the incident wave into the observation direction contribute to the scattering process.
Moreover, IVCM illuminates and acquires images of the cornea perpendicularly, which results in higher amounts of specularly reflected light than with Scheimpflug [10].
The resulting zeroth order solution represents the flat surface coherent specularly reflected and transmitted fields of the multilayer structure, while the first order solution captures the incoherent Bragg scattered and transmitted fields scattered into all directions.
This smooth glossy surface provides a decent seamless deadfront look because the light from the sides is specularly reflected around the eye and only light from the face is reflected back to the user when viewed perpendicularly.
The second point is a little more conflictive: if understood in a wide sense, it is (specularly) restating Chomsky's (1957) thesis of the independence of the grammar, insofar as "grammatical" cannot be equated with "meaningful" since they are defined on different grounds.
Gloss is the specularly and diffusely reflected light component measurement against a known standard.