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  • A fog of condensation had formed on the inside of the pane, so that her image appeared to him as a kind of silhouette, a vague impression of his mother at the sink, refracted and fragmented, a wash of color.†   (source)
  • The bottom was of a pale, creamy stone over which undulating white-edged rectangles of refracted sunlight divided and overlapped.†   (source)
  • All except the Hooloovoo were resplendent in their multicolored ceremonial lab coats; the Hooloovoo had been temporarily refracted into a free-standing prism for the occasion.†   (source)
  • Because as soon as Violet saw the flickering reflection, she remembered the scientific principles of the convergence and refraction of light.†   (source)
  • A few hours later, once the sardines were ready, tens of thousands of them glistening in the refracted light, the fishermen would cinch the net and haul them in.†   (source)
  • Definitely she looked athletic, though too pale to be a tennis player; maybe she was a ballerina or a gymnast or even a high diver, practicing late in shadowy indoor pools, echoes and refractions, dark tile.†   (source)
  • The sheen on the canvas had refracted the candlelight in a startling manner because the canvas had just billowed away from the room ....fluttering backward through the plane of the rear wall.†   (source)
  • In places Hollingsworth's advice revealed, by refraction, a certain Victorian raciness.†   (source)
  • But according to Sikhdar's meticulous trigonometric reckoning (which took into account such factors as curvature of the earth, atmospheric refraction, and plumb-line deflection) Peak XV stood 29,002 feet above sea level, the planet's loftiest point.†   (source)
  • He banked the 'thopter around, noting the way the escort's wings reflected milky orange from the dust-refracted light as they turned to keep pace with him.†   (source)
  • All of which meant refracted or reflected light.†   (source)
  • Saphira's scales refracted the light, casting thousands of shifting blue flecks across the rock.†   (source)
  • It was strange to think that a blanket of blue—made of nothing more substantial than nitrogen crystals and refracted light—separated him from the sea of stars and the only world he'd ever known.†   (source)
  • Light played along its blade like water slipping down a sheer silver wall, like sunlight itself refracted.†   (source)
  • And I decided this is the refracted light from an object way up there, this is the circular form it takes.†   (source)
  • Above us I could see its rippling surface, and above that the blue, refracted sky, and as we rose toward it the water warmed dramatically.†   (source)
  • They looked at each other and some refraction of the pain in Tom's heart must have shown in his eyes.†   (source)
  • "We captured its readout with a CCD camera and manually corrected by thirty percent to account for the index of refraction," Cristian explained to the judges.†   (source)
  • Windows made of thick glass that refracted light both inside and out in subtle flashes of purple and blue.†   (source)
  • They stood in silence, in the glare of a single light refracted from the glass surface to their faces.†   (source)
  • out of ship, a shimmery plume of refraction.†   (source)
  • Because of the bright light, he could see ten thousand shining windows and a nearly infinite number of refractions in the detail that the centuries had worked into the stone.†   (source)
  • She could carry the sadness of the moment with her that way forever, see the world refracted through those tears, those specific tears, as if indices as yet unfound varied in important ways from cry to cry.†   (source)
  • I woke up with the late-morning sunlight ablaze in my face, and the sound in my ears of birds squabbling among the maples and sycamores, and the distant froggy noise of boys' adolescent voices all refracted through an aching skull and the pulsating consciousness of the worst hangover I had experienced in a year or two.†   (source)
  • A shot through the windshield was almost certain to miss because of light refraction or bullet deflection.†   (source)
  • Morning mist refracted the rays of the sun, tumbling them into the valley like a river of molten gold.†   (source)
  • In the pool, there were men and women entwined, flesh refracted and moving rhythmically, and there were the pills, the moonshine, but the man who emerged from the pool naked apparently crossed a line.   (source)
    refracted = visible only in a distorted manner
  • It's the scientific principles of the convergence and refraction of light!†   (source)
  • They may have solved the refraction problem, but De Tray's devices still cost hundreds of dollars.†   (source)
  • Eragon twisted his goblet between his fingers, studying how the light refracted through the crystal.†   (source)
  • By the same method as a mirage on a desert: an image refracted from a layer of heated air.†   (source)
  • Lorenzo fired off, "Yo, Luis, what's the index of refraction?"†   (source)
  • He was conflicted about what he was seeing, a refracted version of his city, one where homes and trees were bisected and mirrored in this oddly calm body of water.†   (source)
  • The scientific principles of the convergence and refraction of light are very confusing, and quite frankly I can't make head or tail of them, even when my friend Dr. Lorenz explains them to me.†   (source)
  • The headlights of an approaching limousine shot through the darkness at the far end of the parking lot, swerving in a semicircle toward the CIA analyst, causing him to shut his eyes-the refracted light through his thick lenses was painful.†   (source)
  • The total distance was a little more than three miles, and he knew that it was possible for light to be refracted that far, even on foggy nights.†   (source)
  • The automobile headlights theory was again advanced, as was the idea of refracted starlight and fox fire, which is a phosphorescent glow emitted by certain fungi on rotting wood.†   (source)
  • Cristian talked about applying the index of refraction to their laser range findings, and Lorenzo bragged about his "ghetto" liquid sampling tool.†   (source)
  • But as Jeremy continued to lay out the proof in intricate detail— all three versions of the legend; maps, notes on quarries, water tables, and schedules; various construction projects; and the detailed aspects of refracted light—Alvin began to yawn.†   (source)
  • The index of refraction!†   (source)
  • And all that they said and did was refracted by her inattention and shot off towards the rim-bones of nothing.†   (source)
  • But the room was filled with refracted moonglow, and even without that very likely she could have told what he was doing.†   (source)
  • The spots of light weaving in circles—that's the lake, the special kind of light that comes refracted from water, the lake is beautiful today, and it's better not to see it, just to guess by these spots.†   (source)
  • At both ends of the alley the street lamps glowed through the murky air, refracted into mammoth balls of light.†   (source)
  • The impressions of objects underwent a considerable refraction before reaching his mind.†   (source)
  • I spotted this fact in the perpendicularity of the sun's rays, which were no longer refracted.†   (source)
  • The reflection which resulted from this refraction was, necessarily, divergent and perverted.†   (source)
  • The red sunlight was shining on the windows of St. Mary's Church behind our seat, and as the sun dipped there was just sufficient change in the refraction and reflection to make it appear as if the light moved.†   (source)
  • room there are refracting objects only half noticed: varnished wood, more or less polished brass, silver and ivory, and beyond these a thousand conveyers of light and shadow so mild that one scarcely thinks of them as that, the tops of picture-frames, the edges of pencils or ash-trays, of crystal or china ornaments; the totality of this refraction—appealing to equally subtle reflexes of the vision as well as to those associational fragments in the subconscious that we seem to hang on to, as a glass-fitter keeps the irregularly shaped pieces that may do some time—this fact might account for what Rosemary afterward mystically described as "realizing" that there was some one in the room†   (source)
  • It outlined the facts with a cold precision unmodified by shade or colour, and refracted, as it were, from the blank walls of the surrounding limitations: she had opened windows from which no sky was ever visible.†   (source)
  • I found a general principle of pigments and refraction—a formula, a geometrical expression involving four dimensions.†   (source)
  • Long fingers of light reached through the apple branches as through a net; the orchard was riddled and shot with gold; light was the reality, the trees were merely interferences that reflected and refracted light.†   (source)
  • The sheen of the mercury blended with the refraction of the light in the elliptical glass tube; the column seemed now to reach clear to the top, now not to be present at all.†   (source)
  • But these words, as they dived down through the waves of sleep in which Swann was submerged, did not reach his consciousness without undergoing that refraction which turns a ray of light, at the bottom of a bowl of water, into another sun; just as, a moment earlier, the sound of the door-bell, swelling in the depths of his abyss of sleep into the clangour of an alarum, had engendered the episode of the fire.†   (source)
  • They had paused before the table on which the bride's jewels were displayed, and Lily's heart gave an envious throb as she caught the refraction of light from their surfaces—the milky gleam of perfectly matched pearls, the flash of rubies relieved against contrasting velvet, the intense blue rays of sapphires kindled into light by surrounding diamonds: all these precious tints enhanced and deepened by the varied art of their setting.†   (source)
  • This is because the powdering multiplies the surfaces of the glass at which refraction and reflection occur.†   (source)
  • A glass box would not be so brilliant, not so clearly visible, as a diamond box, because there would be less refraction and reflection.†   (source)
  • In the sheet of glass there are only two surfaces; in the powder the light is reflected or refracted by each grain it passes through, and very little gets right through the powder.†   (source)
  • The powdered glass and water have much the same refractive index; that is, the light undergoes very little refraction or reflection in passing from one to the other.†   (source)
  • Oil white paper, fill up the interstices between the particles with oil so that there is no longer refraction or reflection except at the surfaces, and it becomes as transparent as glass.†   (source)
  • And if you put a sheet of common white glass in water, still more if you put it in some denser liquid than water, it would vanish almost altogether, because light passing from water to glass is only slightly refracted or reflected or indeed affected in any way.†   (source)
  • And if you will consider only a second, you will see also that the powder of glass might be made to vanish in air, if its refractive index could be made the same as that of air; for then there would be no refraction or reflection as the light passed from glass to air.†   (source)
  • A diamond box would neither absorb much of the light nor reflect much from the general surface, but just here and there where the surfaces were favourable the light would be reflected and refracted, so that you would get a brilliant appearance of flashing reflections and translucencies—a sort of skeleton of light.†   (source)
  • This convinced me that we must be not far from the equator, for twilight results from the refraction of the sun's rays; the more obliquely these rays fall, the further does the partial light extend, while the more perpendicularly they strike the earth the longer do they continue their undiminished force, until when the sun sinks, they totally disappear, thus producing sudden darkness.†   (source)
  • The last object at which Elizabeth gazed when they renewed their journey, after their encountre with Richard, was the sun, as it expanded in the refraction of the horizon, and over whose disk the dark umbrage of a pine was stealing, while it slowly sank behind the western hills.†   (source)
  • With great promptness, the light reappeared and grew stronger; and the refraction of the sun, already low on the horizon, again ringed the edges of various objects with the entire color spectrum.†   (source)
  • Elizabeth saw the bright, polished tines, as they slowly and silently entered the water, where the refraction pointed them many degrees from the true direction of the fish; and she thought that the intended victim saw them also, as he seemed to increase the play of his tail and fins, though without moving his station.†   (source)
  • At noon tomorrow, March 21, if, after accounting for refraction, the sun's disk is cut exactly in half by the northern horizon, that will mean I'm at the South Pole.†   (source)
  • At 11:45 the sun, by then seen only by refraction, looked like a golden disk, dispersing its last rays over this deserted continent and down to these seas not yet plowed by the ships of man.†   (source)
  • Tomorrow, the 21st, was the day of the equinox; the sun would disappear below the horizon for six months not counting refraction, and after its disappearance the long polar night would begin.†   (source)
  • The sun's rays hit the surface of the waves at a fairly oblique angle, decomposing by refraction as though passing through a prism; and when this light came in contact with flowers, rocks, buds, seashells, and polyps, the edges of these objects were shaded with all seven hues of the solar spectrum.†   (source)
  • Captain Nemo had brought a spyglass with a reticular eyepiece, which corrected the sun's refraction by means of a mirror, and he used it to observe the orb sinking little by little along a very extended diagonal that reached below the horizon.†   (source)
  • The debates that engaged the intellectual world filtered down to us in refracted and weakened distortions, like sunlight groping toward the ocean bed.†   (source)
  • The impression made on the organs of Sight, by lucide Bodies, either in one direct line, or in many lines, reflected from Opaque, or refracted in the passage through Diaphanous Bodies, produceth in living Creatures, in whom God hath placed such Organs, an Imagination of the Object, from whence the Impression proceedeth; which Imagination is called Sight; and seemeth not to bee a meer Imagination, but the Body it selfe without us; in the same manner, as when a man violently presseth hi†   (source)
  • An IMAGE (in the most strict signification of the word) is the Resemblance of some thing visible: In which sense the Phantasticall Formes, Apparitions, or Seemings of Visible Bodies to the Sight, are onely Images; such as are the Shew of a man, or other thing in the Water, by Reflexion, or Refraction; or of the Sun, or Stars by Direct Vision in the Air; which are nothing reall in the things seen, nor in the place where thy seem to bee; nor are their magnitudes and figures the same with that of the object; but changeable, by the variation of the organs of Sight, or by glasses; and are present oftentimes in our Imagination, and in our Dreams†   (source)
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  • Teabing pointed toward a stained-glass window where the breaking sun was refracting through a white-clad knight riding a rose-colored horse.†   (source)
  • These substances refract the light and throw off tiny little spectral fragments, a cluster-bombed rainbow.†   (source)
  • Translucent orbs of sap encrusted the seam, catching and refracting the light.†   (source)
  • A light placed above the center of the tank shines through the water, refracting as it ripples.†   (source)
  • It's like, everything and everyone refracts, each person having a different reaction.†   (source)
  • She thought of the gold walls of the Hall in her dream, the golden light refracting off the cut glass everywhere.†   (source)
  • The rain hits like pellets against the bubble, which refracts the lights in strange circular and then semicircular waves as they go by.†   (source)
  • The light refracts through the stained-glass windows into long fans of blue.†   (source)
  • I will speak from memory—my memory—a memory that is all refracting light slanting through prisms and dreams, a shifting, troubled riot of electrons charged with pain and wonder.†   (source)
  • The million chipped facets of its glass head refract the light and make it look like a meteor.†   (source)
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  • Sunlight refracts through it and casts slivers of rainbows across the floor.†   (source)
  • They refract it through their glasses so she cannot see, so she cannot identify the guilty ones.†   (source)
  • Her glossy hair is so well resolved that Hiro can see individual strands refracting the light into tiny rainbows.†   (source)
  • Above it, the shock wave hangs in the air, rushing toward her at the speed of sound, a lens of air that flattens and refracts everything on the other side.†   (source)
  • The breeze was dying down, and he reached out and spun the halo a bit with one finger, sending the light refracting through the glass again.†   (source)
  • Above his head, light refracts through the water tank, the symbol of the compound's slow, pointless struggle.†   (source)
  • If it neither reflects nor refracts nor absorbs light, it cannot of itself be visible.†   (source)
  • Either a body absorbs light, or it reflects or refracts it, or does all these things.†   (source)
  • In an inhabited room there are refracting objects only half noticed: varnished wood, more or less polished brass, silver and ivory, and beyond these a thousand conveyers of light and shadow so mild that one scarcely thinks of them as that, the tops of picture-frames, the edges of pencils or ash-trays, of crystal or china ornaments; the totality of this refraction—appealing to equall†   (source)
  • A box of very thin common glass would be hard to see in a bad light, because it would absorb hardly any light and refract and reflect very little.†   (source)
  • Sparks of electric fire mingle with the dazzling sheaf of lighted fluid, every drop of which refracts the prismatic colours.†   (source)
  • Black conducts, reflects, (refracts is it?)†   (source)
  • Black refracts heat.†   (source)
  • Refracts (is it?) heat.†   (source)
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  • Lev twists the bracelet so a diamond refracts a sparkle of light right into CyFi's eye.   (source)
    refracts = reflects
  • I wondered if there was a big fire somewhere, but in the morning Lori told me that the orange glow came from the air pollution refracting the light off the streets and buildings.   (source)
    refracting = reflecting
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