• WordNet 3.6
    • n refractiveness the physical property of a medium as determined by its index of refraction
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The telescope at the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, in California, also serves as a tomb. The 36-inch refracting telescope is mounted on a pillar that contains the remains of Jack Lick, who died in 1876. Lick was a wealthy financier and philanthropist who financed the construction of the observatory that bears his name.
    • n Refractiveness The quality or condition of being refractive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n refractiveness The state or quality of being refractive.
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In literature:

I looked down through five feet of crystal water to where pebbles shimmered in refraction.
"The Forest" by Stewart Edward White
Refracted light sculptured with curious shadows that saturnine face intent to immobility.
"Red Masquerade" by Louis Joseph Vance
He sought for the explanation of the fact in the doctrine of refraction.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI" by John Lord
Among them could be seen the poet Isagani, explaining to a companion the theory of the refraction of light.
"The Reign of Greed" by Jose Rizal
Refraction is the bending of a ray passing obliquely from a rarer into a denser medium.
"Atlantic Monthly Vol. 6, No. 33, July, 1860" by Various
How beautifully it refracts the light!
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
He has a taste for optics also; and knows all about refraction and reflection.
"Ariadne Florentina" by John Ruskin
The effect of refraction is seen when an oar is thrust into the water and looks as if it were bent.
"Lectures in Navigation" by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
It is perfectly transparent, yet it has refractive qualities.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
The enormous and distorted face that Jim had seen had been simply due to the presence of some refracting medium.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
What you see is explained in the same way as are the things that took place in the other experiments in refraction, or bending of light.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
If they took refraction into account at all they considerably underrated its influence.
"The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, September 1879" by Various
Just at sun-rise or at sun-set the amount of refraction slightly exceeds half a degree.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 3" by Various
Also, how about refraction?
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
The eyeball consists of concentrically arranged coats and of refracting media inclosed in them.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
The sun sometimes is surrounded by a colored halo due to the refraction of the light by the ice crystals.
"Reading the Weather" by Thomas Morris Longstreth
The refractivity of helium is 0.1238 (air = 1).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 2" by Various
The vitreous body plays a part in the refraction of the light.
"Curiosities of Light and Sight" by Shelford Bidwell
In England the ideas connected with the word Impressionism have been refracted through the circumstances of the British schools.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3" by Various
When the light strikes the water perpendicularly there is no refraction.
"Physics" by Willis Eugene Tower

In poetry:

O light beheld as through refracting tears.
Here is the aura of that world
each of us has lost.
Here is the shadow of its joy.
"Monet's Waterlilies" by Robert Hayden
Her sledgy car, with sparkling frost-work bright,
O'er the pellucid ice her snow-birds drew,
And on her fleecy robe's refracted light
The full-blown rose's vermeil colours threw.
"The Complaint Of The Goddess Of The Glaciers To Doctor Darwin" by Helen Maria Williams
Yet 'mid these sun—confronting peaks,
The undesisting spirit seeks
To mount to loftier, rarer height.
Are what we see but toys of sense,
And we who see them but a lens
Refracting heavenly light?—
"Celestial Heights" by Alfred Austin
O little souls! as pure and white
And crystalline as rays of light
Direct from heaven, their source divine;
Refracted through the mist of years,
How red my setting sun appears,
How lurid looks this soul of mine!
"Weariness. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Second)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The moonlight lends her grace, but have a care:
Behind her waits the fairy Melusine.
The sun those beams refract died years ago.
The moat has a romantic air
But it is choked with nettles and obscene
And phallic fungi rot there as they grow.
"Beware of Ruins" by A D Hope

In news:

From Narragansett Bay to Argentina comb jellies shimmer with refracted light from their ever-moving bodies.
Max refracts David Foster Wallace in 'Every Love Story is a Ghost Story'.
In the US, ophthalmologists and eye surgeons performed over 800,000 total refractive surgical procedures last year according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).
The patient subsequently had an enhancement treatment for undercorrection, yet was still left with a residual myopic refraction.
FAIRFAX, Va.—To explore synergies between ophthalmology and optometry, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) has formed the Integrated Ophthalmic-Managed Eyecare Delivery Task Force.
Globally, 285 million people are visually impaired, with cataract, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, refractive errors, and corneal diseases accounting for most of this burden.
New research may have found the reason why the ship struck an iceberg: light refraction.
The artistic directors of Ragamala Dance use their art form as a prism to refract both the ancient and the modern.
Refraction Arts' latest collaborative effort combines kung fu, rock and roll and, "very, very loosely," Hamlet.
During this time he stumbled across a glass ball in a Shanghai street market and set out making refraction photos for the rest of his travels.
In our practice, refractive surgery patients will have two separate visits to our office: a comprehensive medical eye exam and the LASIK consultation .
On "Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation)," Counting Crows refract 15 tracks, bending a few favorite songs to create big, bright waves of sound.
Lip colour with large particle pearls reflect and refract light to mimic the brilliance of quartz and opal crystal.
The black basement of U Street Music Hall makes for a fine dance-music venue, but it's not an atmosphere where you'd expect to find Phil Elverum, whose refracted indie folk channels the green, brown, and blue hues of the Pacific Northwest.
MACH spotlights refractive eye surgery program.

In science:

Refraction index (extrapolated to the infinitive wave length of photon.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
It has been shown that FTL information transfer is indeed possible using bandlimited signals when passed through sufficiently long media with unity gain, a positive index of refraction less than unity, and zero or low dispersion ,over the signal frequency range.
On Superluminal Propagation and Information Velocity
The only constraint is placed on the refractive index profile over the range of interest.
On Superluminal Propagation and Information Velocity
Fig. 5(a-e). The transformation of the length of “impulses” along the x-axis is like that for light impulses travelling through transparent media having refraction indexes cA , (cA+cB) , and cB , respectively.
Classical teleportation
Hence the macroscopic aspect of the generalized geodesics displays the physically sensible behavior of the geodesics being refracted broken straight lines.
Generalized pseudo-Riemannian geometry
For light waves the impedance is proportional to the refractive index.
Constructing Fresnel reflection coefficients by ruler and compass
Let two homogeneous isotropic semi-infinite media, described by complex refractive indices N0 and N1 , be separated by a plane boundary.
Constructing Fresnel reflection coefficients by ruler and compass
The refractive indices are then real numbers that we denote by n0 and n1 .
Constructing Fresnel reflection coefficients by ruler and compass
Once we are given the incidence angle θ0 , we construct the refraction angle θ1 much in the same way.
Constructing Fresnel reflection coefficients by ruler and compass
Propagation and escape of the O mode has not been properly investigated, but since the O mode with initially small wave vector has a very small index of refraction (n ∼ 0) it will be strongly refracted (by the angle ≈ π) as it converts into a vacuum mode with (n ∼ 1).
Excitation of Alfven Waves and Pulsar Radio Emission
In order to analyse this question we must return to the general case of a refractive frame ga without other impositions besides the existence of a refractive index.
Can physics laws be derived from monogenic functions?
In addition, as suggested by the early experimental implementation of negative refractive index in the ferromagnet-superconductors, it is highly possible to see the negative refractive show up when the external magnetic field is added to our holographic superconductors.
Refractive index in holographic superconductors
This situation is similar to the refraction of light at the interface with a metamaterial whose refraction index is minus unity.
Electronic properties of mesoscopic graphene structures: charge confinement and control of spin and charge transport
The optical Kerr nonlinearity features a refractive index n0 + n2 I , which is the sum of a linear refractive index n0 and a second term that is proportional to the field strength typically characterized by ‘intensity’ I .
Review of Entangled Coherent States
The variable index-of-refraction of the firn has another important experimental consequence, due to the fact that any change in the index of refraction will introduce non-zero reflections at the corresponding interface.
Recent Results from the RICE Experiment at the South Pole