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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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adj. - Capable of changing the direction (of a light or sound wave).

Usage examples (35)
  • The refractive characteristics of the eye
  • The material property which changes the speed of light in a material for a particular frequency is called refractive index.
  • Sometimes it can be very refractive to pain medications.
  • This angle depends upon the refractive power of the stone. for more
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