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