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
Source: Oxford English Dictionary