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Definition of "diffract" [dif•fract]

  • To undergo or cause to undergo diffraction. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "diffract" in a sentence
  • "These air bubbles diffract light into colors that reflect back in a flash of iridescence."
  • "We also saw that quantum particles behave like waves—electrons, atoms, and molecules diffract around obstacles and form interference patterns."
  • "Material particles have wave nature and can diffract around objects."