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Definition of spectrum noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. spectra
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  1. 1a band of colored lights in order of their wavelengths, as seen in a rainbow and into which light may be separated A spectrum is formed by a ray of light passing through a prism. Red and violet are at opposite ends of the spectrum.
  2. 2a range of sound waves or several other types of waves the electromagnetic/radio/sound spectrum
  3. 3[usually singular] a complete or wide range of related qualities, ideas, etc. a broad spectrum of interests We will hear views from across the political spectrum.
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