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refract

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Definition To change the velocity of a beam of light (apparently bending it) or other wave-form as it passes (at an angle) from one medium into another.
  • They looked at each other and some refraction of the pain in Tom's heart must have shown in his eyes.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Windows made of thick glass that refracted light both inside and out in subtle flashes of purple and blue.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The rain hits like pellets against the bubble, which refracts the lights in strange circular and then semicircular waves as they go by.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • A shot through the windshield was almost certain to miss because of light refraction or bullet deflection.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Because as soon as Violet saw the flickering reflection, she remembered the scientific principles of the convergence and refraction of light.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Wide Window
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Teabing pointed toward a stained-glass window where the breaking sun was refracting through a white-clad knight riding a rose-colored horse.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Light played along its blade like water slipping down a sheer silver wall, like sunlight itself refracted.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • The debates that engaged the intellectual world filtered down to us in refracted and weakened distortions, like sunlight groping toward the ocean bed.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • Of course, he had forgotten that water refracts, bends light.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • At both ends of the alley the street lamps glowed through the murky air, refracted into mammoth balls of light.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Translucent orbs of sap encrusted the seam, catching and refracting the light.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • In places Hollingsworth's advice revealed, by refraction, a certain Victorian raciness.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • I found a general principle of pigments and refraction—a formula, a geometrical expression involving four dimensions.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Morning mist refracted the rays of the sun, tumbling them into the valley like a river of molten gold.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • And all that they said and did was refracted by her inattention and shot off towards the rim-bones of nothing.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Lev twists the bracelet so a diamond refracts a sparkle of light right into CyFi's eye.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • But the room was filled with refracted moonglow, and even without that very likely she could have told what he was doing.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • All of which meant refracted or reflected light.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • They stood in silence, in the glare of a single light refracted from the glass surface to their faces.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The impressions of objects underwent a considerable refraction before reaching his mind.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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