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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Refract  \Re*fract"\  (r?*fr$kt"),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Refracted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Refracting}.]  [L.  refractus  p. 
  p.  of  refringere  pref.  re-  re-  +  frangere  to  break:  cf  F. 
  r['e]fracter.  SEe  {FRacture},  and  cf  {Refrain},  n.] 
  1.  To  bend  sharply  and  abruptly  back  to  break  off 
  2.  To  break  the  natural  course  of  as  rays  of  light  orr  heat, 
  when  passing  from  one  transparent  medium  to  another  of 
  different  density;  to  cause  to  deviate  from  a  direct 
  course  by  an  action  distinct  from  reflection;  as  a  dense 
  medium  refrcts  the  rays  of  light  as  they  pass  into  it  from 
  a  rare  medium. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Refracting  \Re*fract"ing\,  a. 
  Serving  or  tending  to  refract;  as  a  refracting  medium. 
  {Refracting  angle  of  a  prism}  (Opt.),  the  angle  of  a 
  triangular  prism  included  between  the  two  sides  through 
  which  the  refracted  beam  passes  in  the  decomposition  of 
  {Refracting  telescope}.  (Opt.)  See  under  {Telescope}. 

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