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See also: òptic
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɒp.tɪk/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɑp.tɪk/
- Rhymes: -ɒptɪk
optic (not comparable)
- (relational) Of, or relating to the eye or to vision.
- (optics, relational) Of, or relating to optics or optical instruments.
of or relating to the eye or to vision
of or relating to optics or optical instruments
optic (plural optics)
- (archaic, humorous) An eye.
- 1734, Alexander Pope, Of the Knowledge and Characters of Men: An Epistle to the Right Honourable Richard Lord Viscount Cobham:
- The difference is as great between / The optics seeing, as the object seen.
- 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter 8, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
- Elbows almost touching they leaned at ease, idly reading the almost obliterated lines engraved there. ¶ "I never understood it," she observed, lightly scornful. "What occult meaning has a sun-dial for the spooney? I'm sure I don't want to read riddles in a strange gentleman's optics."
- (optics) A lens or other part of an optical instrument that interacts with light.
- 2013, Fenella Saunders, “Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 4, DOI:10.1511/2013.103.270, page 270:
- The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.
- (trademark in UK) A measuring device with a small window, attached to an upside-down bottle, used to dispense alcoholic drinks in a bar.
eye — see eye
- “optic”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
- “optic”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
- optic in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- optic in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- optic at OneLook Dictionary Search