What does optics mean?

Definitions for opticsˈɒp tɪks

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. optics(noun)

    the branch of physics that studies the physical properties of light

  2. optics(noun)

    optical properties

    "the optics of a telescope"


  1. optics(Noun)

    The physics of light and vision.

  2. optics(Noun)

    The light-related aspects of a device.

    The optics of this telescope are particularly good.

  3. optics(Noun)

    Perception, image, public relations.


  1. Optics

    Optics is the branch of physics which involves the behaviour and properties of light, including its interactions with matter and the construction of instruments that use or detect it. Optics usually describes the behaviour of visible, ultraviolet, and infrared light. Because light is an electromagnetic wave, other forms of electromagnetic radiation such as X-rays, microwaves, and radio waves exhibit similar properties. Most optical phenomena can be accounted for using the classical electromagnetic description of light. Complete electromagnetic descriptions of light are, however, often difficult to apply in practice. Practical optics is usually done using simplified models. The most common of these, geometric optics, treats light as a collection of rays that travel in straight lines and bend when they pass through or reflect from surfaces. Physical optics is a more comprehensive model of light, which includes wave effects such as diffraction and interference that cannot be accounted for in geometric optics. Historically, the ray-based model of light was developed first, followed by the wave model of light. Progress in electromagnetic theory in the 19th century led to the discovery that light waves were in fact electromagnetic radiation.

Anagrams for optics »

  1. picots

  2. topics


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of optics in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of optics in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Campbell Harvey:

    It is a trade-off of the optics versus doing the best thing for their retirees.

  2. Richard Whately:

    In our judgment of human transactions, the law of optics is reversed, we see most dimly the objects which are close around us.

  3. David Andrew Weinberg:

    The Saudis had made a couple missteps on their airstrikes … it seems that they have bitten off more than they can chew diplomatically, in terms of what the optics of what the operation might look like.

  4. Keoki Jackson:

    Fiber-optics lasers are revolutionizing direct energy systems, we are investing in every component of the system – from the optics and beam control to the laser itself – to drive size, weight, and power efficiencies.

  5. Julianne Smith:

    The fact that Tillerson will give that answer to Putin before he gives it to NATO is not the signal we want to be sending, we have a lot of skittish allies out there. The optics are all wrong, and unfortunately the optics matter.

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