Help Wordnik hunt for a million missing words by backing our Kickstarter!


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of refraction.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • He looks through networks of refractions on the window toward the canyons of light.


  • Each lens can be adjusted to help focus eye refractions of 0.02 to 0.50, a measure of eyesight, meaning the strength of the lens changes from -6.0 dioptres to +3.0 dioptres, a unit of lens focus, by rotating dials on the side of each frame.

    Adlens Sees Future in Adjustable Lens Technology

  • Strung by a child in a country I cannot find on a map, the tiger-eyes match each other unevenly: similar shapes with different refractions of yellow and black.


  • It's so exotic to me to read, say, a Douglas Coupland novel and hear this one, mesmeric, first-person voice passing through the whole, but that's the shape of his brain, and third-person refractions of large families with different voices is the shape of mine.

    A Conversation with Zadie Smith about On Beauty

  • Visions of the enormous yellow eyes and rainbow tongue flickered behind her eyelids, somehow making the refractions of rainbow light against the ice walls malevolent rather than beautiful.

    Black Magic

  • Here are the multiple refractions and prismatic transformations that he would bring to ballet.

    Ballet in London: New Lights From Russia - ArtsBeat Blog -

  • And technically, Petterson does wonderful things with this novel - POV, structure (note especially the echoes and refractions of past/present), detail grounded in careful observation, and the astonishing way potentially melodramatic events are presented, and sometimes just hinted at.

    One of my tests

  • What I can swallow is the delicious bubble such settings serve as shape to speech, liquid refractions in the atmosphere, precious unlikelies one can can string, be brimful of.


  • Blog Guelph: Ice/ refractions of light rainbow bokeh/ refractions of light, originally uploaded by digitalambitions.

    Great Guelph Photos and Cool Blog Links by Creative Guelphites

  • The work infuses the dead canal with new life, changing its muddy gray surface into turquoise and shimmering light refractions in a silent bow to Monet's famous water lilies.

    France's Estuaire 2009 Exhibition: A River Runs Through Its Art


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.