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Definition of "prism" []

  • A solid figure whose bases or ends have the same size and shape and are parallel to one another, and each of whose sides is a parallelogram. (noun)
  • A transparent body of this form, often of glass and usually with triangular ends, used for separating white light passed through it into a spectrum or for reflecting beams of light. (noun)
  • A cut-glass object, such as a pendant of a chandelier. (noun)
  • A crystal form consisting of three or more similar faces parallel to a single axis. (noun)
  • A medium that misrepresents whatever is seen through it. (noun)

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 "prism" in a sentence
  • "But in the mid-1950s Ms. Tanning broke from the mirrorlike precision of narrative Surrealism to take up what she called her "prism" paintings, later renamed "Insomnias.""
  • "Mozilla has done a great job trying to diversify it's product lines, but I don't think prism is being explain or utilized properly. jamescoleuk"
  • "May 10, 2009 at 2: 32 AM would definitely love the RTM one if it could be integrated with a standalone app in prism!"