Definition of


  1. (noun, phenomenon) when light passes sharp edges or goes through narrow slits the rays are deflected and produce fringes of light and dark bands

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Alternate forms of Diffraction

Derivations: diffract

Hyponyms: x-ray diffraction

Hypernyms: optical phenomenon

Origin of the word Diffraction

  1. 1670s, from Fr. diffraction, from Mod.L. diffractionem, from L. diffrac-, stem of diffringere "break in pieces," from dis- "apart" + frangere "to break" (see fraction). more

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