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3 definitions found
 for Refract
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Refract \Re*fract"\ (r?*fr$kt"), 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.
     r['e]fracter. SEe FRacture, and cf. Refrain, n.]
     1. To bend sharply and abruptly back; to break off.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  refract
      v 1: subject to refraction; "refract a light beam"
      2: determine the refracting power of (a lens)

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  21 Moby Thesaurus words for "refract":
     bend, bias, crook, curve, deflect, deviate, diffract, diffuse,
     disperse, distort, diverge, divert, dogleg, hairpin, pull, scatter,
     skew, turn, twist, warp, zigzag
  
  

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