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 light.Refracting telescope. (Opt.) See under Telescope.

(Re*frac"tion) n. [F. réfraction.]

1. The act of refracting, or the state of being refracted.

2. The change in the direction of ray of light, heat, or the like, when it enters obliquely a medium of a different density from that through which it has previously moved.

Refraction out of the rarer medium into the denser, is made towards the perpendicular.
Sir I. Newton.

2. (Eccl.Hist.) One of those who commenced the reformation of religion in the sixteenth century, as Luther, Melanchthon, Zwingli, and Calvin.

(Re*form"ist), n. [Cf. F. réformiste.] A reformer.

(Re*form"ly), adv. In the manner of a reform; for the purpose of reform. [Obs.] Milton.

(Re*for`ti*fi*ca"tion) n. A fortifying anew, or a second time. Mitford.

(Re*for"ti*fy) v. t. To fortify anew.

(Re*fos"sion) n. [L. refodere, refossum, to dig up again. See Fosse.] The act of digging up again. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.

(Re*found") v. t. [Pref. re- + found to cast; cf. F. refondare. Cf. Refund.]

1. To found or cast anew. "Ancient bells refounded." T. Warton.

2. To found or establish again; to restablish.

(Re*found"), imp. & p. p. of Refind, v. t.

(Re*found"er) n. One who refounds.

(Re*fract") 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. réfracter. 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.

(Re*fract"a*ble) a. Capable of being refracted.

(Re*fract"ed), a.

1. (Bot. & Zoöl.) Bent backward angularly, as if half- broken; as, a refracted stem or leaf.

2. Turned from a direct course by refraction; as, refracted rays of light.

(Re*fract"ing), a. Serving or tending to refract; as, a refracting medium.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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