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. Dan Washburn:

    For Xi, golf is just such a touchy topic back home, saddled with so much baggage -- the optics would be awful, with or without Trump.

  4. Narayana Kocherlakota:

    Optics matter, simply to continue to say that 'we're really transparent and there is no reason for us to change how we're doing things' - I don't think that's going to work.

  5. Paul Mangiamele:

    We’ll have a prime rib carving station and these big cast-iron doors where the prime rolls out, the optics will be impressive. It will smell great, look great, sound great.

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