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Definition of diffract verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

diffract

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈfrækt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfrækt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they diffract
BrE BrE//dɪˈfrækt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfrækt//
 
he / she / it diffracts
BrE BrE//dɪˈfrækts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfrækts//
 
past simple diffracted
BrE BrE//dɪˈfræktɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfræktɪd//
 
past participle diffracted
BrE BrE//dɪˈfræktɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfræktɪd//
 
-ing form diffracting
BrE BrE//dɪˈfræktɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfræktɪŋ//
 
 
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diffract something (physics) to break up a stream of light into a series of dark and light bands or into the different colours of the spectrum Word Origin early 19th cent.: from Latin diffract- ‘broken in pieces’, from the verb diffringere, from dis- ‘away, from’ + frangere ‘to break’.
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