[op-tiks] /ˈɒp tɪks/
(used with a singular verb) the branch of physical science that deals with the properties and phenomena of both visible and invisible light and with vision.
(used with a plural verb) the way a situation, action, event, etc., is perceived by the public or by a particular group of people: The optics on this issue are pretty good for the Democrats.
Administrators worry about the bad optics of hiring new staff during a budget crisis.
[op-tik] /ˈɒp tɪk/
of or relating to the eye or sight.
a lens of an instrument.
(functioning as sing) the branch of science concerned with vision and the generation, nature, propagation, and behaviour of electromagnetic light
of or relating to the eye or vision
a less common word for optical
an informal word for eye1
(Brit) trademark a device attached to an inverted bottle for dispensing measured quantities of liquid, such as whisky, gin, etc
“science of sight and light,” 1570s, from optic; also see -ics. Used for Medieval Latin optica (neuter plural), from Greek ta optika “optical matters,” neuter plural of optikos “optic.”
early 15c., from Middle French optique, obtique (c.1300) and directly from Medieval Latin opticus “of sight or seeing,” from Greek optikos “of or having to do with sight,” from optos “seen, visible,” from op-, root of opsesthai “be going to see,” related to ops “eye,” from PIE *okw- “to see” (see eye (n.)).
optics op·tics (ŏp’tĭks)
The science concerned with the properties of light, its refraction and absorption, and the refracting media of the eye.
optic op·tic (ŏp’tĭk) or op·ti·cal (ŏp’tĭ-kəl)
The scientific study of light and vision. The study of optics led to the development of more general theories of electromagnetic radiation and theories of color.
Relating to or involving the eye or vision.
The branch of physics dealing with light. (See electromagnetic waves, laser, lens, reflection, and refraction.)
- Optic thalamus
noun 1. (anatomy) an older term for thalamus (sense 1), thalamus (sense 2)
- Optic tract
optic tract n. A continuation of the optic nerve beyond its hemidecussation in the optic chiasm.
- Optic vesicle
optic vesicle n. See ocular vesicle.
[op-tuh-muh m] /ˈɒp tə məm/ noun, plural optima [op-tuh-muh] /ˈɒp tə mə/ (Show IPA), optimums. 1. the best or most favorable point, degree, amount, etc., as of temperature, light, and moisture for the growth or reproduction of an organism. 2. the greatest degree or best result obtained or obtainable under specific conditions. adjective 3. most […]