Thursday, 3 January 2013

Entry: diffracts (v.)

In context: "The night is cold and glycerine-clear and quite still.  Very distant sounds of car horns and raised voices down on Comm. Green's receding at a run off up the little streetlet intoa  glare of highbeams that diffracts in the clouds of Gately's breath..."

Definition: To break in pieces, break up; in Optics, To deflect and break up (a beam of light) at the edge of an opaque body or through a narrow aperture or slit; to affect with diffraction n.   Also fig.


SNOOT score: 3

Page: 608

Source: Oxford English Dictionary

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