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ˈprɪz əmprism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prism(noun)

    a polyhedron with two congruent and parallel faces (the bases) and whose lateral faces are parallelograms

  2. prism, optical prism(noun)

    optical device having a triangular shape and made of glass or quartz; used to deviate a beam or invert an image


  1. prism(Noun)

    A polyhedron with parallel ends of the same size and shape, the other faces being parallelogram-shaped sides.

    Etymology: prisma, from πρίσμα, from πρίζειν.

  2. prism(Noun)

    A transparent block in the shape of a prism (typically with triangular ends), used to split or reflect light.

    Etymology: prisma, from πρίσμα, from πρίζειν.

  3. prism(Noun)

    A crystal in which the faces are parallel to the vertical axis.

    Etymology: prisma, from πρίσμα, from πρίζειν.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prism(noun)

    a solid whose bases or ends are any similar, equal, and parallel plane figures, and whose sides are parallelograms

    Etymology: [L. prisma, Gr. pri`sma, fr. pri`zein, pri`ein, to saw: cf. F. prisme.]

  2. Prism(noun)

    a transparent body, with usually three rectangular plane faces or sides, and two equal and parallel triangular ends or bases; -- used in experiments on refraction, dispersion, etc

    Etymology: [L. prisma, Gr. pri`sma, fr. pri`zein, pri`ein, to saw: cf. F. prisme.]

  3. Prism(noun)

    a form the planes of which are parallel to the vertical axis. See Form, n., 13

    Etymology: [L. prisma, Gr. pri`sma, fr. pri`zein, pri`ein, to saw: cf. F. prisme.]


  1. Prism

    In optics, a prism is a transparent optical element with flat, polished surfaces that refract light. At least two of the flat surfaces must have an angle between them. The exact angles between the surfaces depend on the application. The traditional geometrical shape is that of a triangular prism with a triangular base and rectangular sides, and in colloquial use "prism" usually refers to this type. Some types of optical prism are not in fact in the shape of geometric prisms. Prisms can be made from any material that is transparent to the wavelengths for which they are designed. Typical materials include glass, plastic and fluorite. A prism can be used to break light up into its constituent spectral colors. Prisms can also be used to reflect light, or to split light into components with different polarizations.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prism

    prizm, n. (geom.) a solid whose ends are similar, equal, and parallel planes, and whose sides are parallelograms: (opt.) a solid glass, triangular-shaped body, used for resolving rays of light into their separate colours.—adjs. Prismat′ic, -al, resembling or pertaining to a prism: separated or formed by a prism.—adv. Prismat′ically.—ns. Pris′matoid, Pris′moid, a figure in the form of a prism.—adjs. Pris′matoidal, Pris′moidal; Pris′my, prismatic in colour. [L.,—Gr. prisma, -atos.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. prism

    In dioptrics, is a geometrical solid bounded by three parallelograms, whose bases are equal triangles.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prism in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of prism in a Sentence

  1. President Barack Obama:

    While he was seen by his fiercest critics as a partisan lightning rod, that's not the prism through which Ted Kennedy saw the world, nor was it the prism through which his colleagues saw Ted Kennedy.

  2. Chris Lehane:

    At this point she is already considered by voters as a candidate in full and, as a result, a story like this is one is viewed through such a prism by voters, for those outside of D.C., this is just the latest in a long string of partisan he saids, she saids that is hard to follow and does not appear especially relevant to their lives.

  3. Raphael Warnock:

    You must know that this is a glimpse of God's vision of a more inclusive humanity that embraces all of God's children. I'm just grateful to be a part of this. I'm just grateful because I just want to serve, I just want to be a vessel, I just want to be an instrument, I just want to be a prism of God's glory so that God's glory can shine through me.

  4. Emma Soames:

    Weve come to this place where history is viewed only entirely through the prism of the present.

  5. Jim Himes:

    It’s hard to look back in a prism of time.

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