• 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

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