What does optics mean?

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ˈɒp tɪksop·tics

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  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

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How to say optics in sign language?

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  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

Examples of optics in a Sentence

  1. John Wilson:

    The optics of this are questionable.

  2. Hank Johnson:

    The optics of me staying at the Trump hotel hasn't changed in 10 years.

  3. Umer Karim:

    Those optics are optics of rehabilitation, re-engagement on a strategic level.

  4. Campbell Harvey:

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

  5. Landon Parvin:

    I wouldn't say it's normal, i would worry about the optics. The optics aren't good.

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