What does spectrum mean?

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ˈspɛk trəmspec·trum

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spectrum(noun)

    an ordered array of the components of an emission or wave

  2. spectrum(noun)

    a broad range of related objects or values or qualities or ideas or activities

Wiktionary

  1. spectrum(Noun)

    Specter, apparition.

    Etymology: From spectrum, from specio. (see scope)

  2. spectrum(Noun)

    A range; a continuous, infinite, one-dimensional set, possibly bounded by extremes.

    Etymology: From spectrum, from specio. (see scope)

  3. spectrum(Noun)

    Specifically, a range of colours representing light (electromagnetic radiation) of contiguous frequencies; hence electromagnetic spectrum, visible spectrum, ultraviolet spectrum, etc.

    Etymology: From spectrum, from specio. (see scope)

  4. spectrum(Noun)

    The pattern of absorption or emission of radiation produced by a substance when subjected to energy (radiation, heat, electricity, etc.).

    Etymology: From spectrum, from specio. (see scope)

  5. spectrum(Noun)

    The set of eigenvalues of a matrix.

    Etymology: From spectrum, from specio. (see scope)

  6. spectrum(Noun)

    Of a bounded linear operator A, the set of scalar values u03BB such that the operator Au2014u03BBI, where I denotes the identity operator, does not have a bounded inverse; intended as a generalisation of the linear algebra sense.

    Etymology: From spectrum, from specio. (see scope)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spectrum(noun)

    an apparition; a specter

    Etymology: [L. See Specter.]

  2. Spectrum(noun)

    the several colored and other rays of which light is composed, separated by the refraction of a prism or other means, and observed or studied either as spread out on a screen, by direct vision, by photography, or otherwise. See Illust. of Light, and Spectroscope

    Etymology: [L. See Specter.]

  3. Spectrum(noun)

    a luminous appearance, or an image seen after the eye has been exposed to an intense light or a strongly illuminated object. When the object is colored, the image appears of the complementary color, as a green image seen after viewing a red wafer lying on white paper. Called also ocular spectrum

    Etymology: [L. See Specter.]

Freebase

  1. Spectrum

    A spectrum is a condition that is not limited to a specific set of values but can vary infinitely within a continuum. The word saw its first scientific use within the field of optics to describe the rainbow of colors in visible light when separated using a prism; it has since been applied by analogy to many fields other than optics. Thus, one might talk about the spectrum of political opinion, or the spectrum of activity of a drug, or the autism spectrum. In these uses, values within a spectrum may not be associated with precisely quantifiable numbers or definitions. Such uses imply a broad range of conditions or behaviors grouped together and studied under a single title for ease of discussion. In most modern usages of spectrum there is a unifying theme between extremes at either end. Some older usages of the word did not have a unifying theme, but they led to modern ones through a sequence of events set out below. Modern usages in mathematics did evolve from a unifying theme, but this may be difficult to recognize.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spectrum

    spek′trum, n. the image of something seen continued after the eyes are closed: the colours of light separated by a prism, and exhibited as spread out on a screen:—pl. Spec′tra.—n. Spec′trograph, an apparatus for photographing a spectrum.—adjs. Spectrograph′ic, -al.—n. Spectrog′raphy, the art of using the spectrograph.—adj. Spectrolog′ical.—adv. Spectrolog′ically.—ns. Spectrol′ogy, the division of physical science that embraces spectrum analysis: demonology; Spectrom′eter, an instrument like a spectroscope, by means of which the angular deviation of a ray of light in passing through a prism can be accurately measured.—adj. Spectromet′ric.—n. Spec′trophōne, an adaptation of the spectroscope, in which, on the principle of the radiophone, perception of a succession of sounds takes the place of observation by the eye.—adj. Spectrophon′ic.—ns. Spec′tro-polar′iscope, a polariscope combined with a spectroscope; Spec′troscope, an instrument for forming and examining spectra of luminous bodies, so as to determine their composition.—adjs. Spectroscōp′ic, -al.—adv. Spectroscōp′ically.—ns. Spec′troscōpist, one skilled in spectroscopy; Spec′troscōpy, the use of the spectroscope and the study of spectrum analysis. [L.,—specĕre, to see.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Spectrum

    the name given to coloured and other rays of pure light separated by refraction in its transmission through a prism, as exhibited on a screen in a darkened chamber.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. spectrum

    The variously coloured image into which a ray of light is divided on being passed through a prism.

Editors Contribution

  1. spectrum

    A variety of color or light.

    The color spectrum is so beautiful when you see the scope and size of it.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 17, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spectrum' in Nouns Frequency: #1872

Anagrams for spectrum »

  1. cepstrum, crumpets

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spectrum in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spectrum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of spectrum in a Sentence

  1. Maura Rose:

    Theater, overall, is a unique opportunity for those on the spectrum because it provides an escape, allows them to be in the moment. I think often times they can’t do that, it provides a shared [emotional] experience and it can be just incredibly cathartic for them.

  2. Lorne Baring:

    There is still a soft demand coupled with excess supply story in the commodities spectrum.

  3. Jeffrey Vlaming:

    Dateline Mesopotamia, 3500 B.C. That's when the multi-faceted sounds we call music got its humble beginnings. It seems clappers were sent out the the fields to scare evil spirits away. These clappers started getting into the beat of their duty and, bingo, you got drums. From there, horns, strings, reeds, the whole orchestral gestalt. So, born in staving off death, music continues to nourish us in a variety of forms as different as the colors of the spectrum.

  4. Amy Oakes:

    She was diagnosed in first grade after there were some difficulties in the classroom, but there were other components to it -- there was oppositional defiant disorder, there were some [autism] spectrum-like behaviors, and difficulty later on socializing with other children.

  5. Antonios Drossos:

    In this case, there are three players with equal market share of about a third. In such a case nobody is willing to pay extra for additional spectrum ... They are comfortable with the current status quo.

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