One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to the eye or vision.
optical, seeing, ocular, eyeView synonyms
- ‘In 1892, there was only a rudimentary understanding of the relationship between increased intraocular pressure and optic neuropathy.’
- ‘All patients were diagnosed as having anterior optic neuropathy.’
- ‘‘Good,’ he said, ‘and what are the causes of primary optic atrophy?’’
- ‘The ophthalmic artery may have a separate foramen located between the optic foramen and the superior orbital fissure.’
- ‘Vigilance is needed for any features of possible optic neuropathy, such as blurred vision, impaired colour perception, and reduced visual acuity’
1A lens or other optical component in an optical instrument.
- ‘Not only does the lens have the power of some of the white-coloured optics you've seen at sidelines of football matches and other sporting events, the Leica-made zoom features image stabilisation to reduce blur too.’
- ‘This method is reasonably adequate for small optics but breaks down when the optic is exposed to beams substantially larger than the area tested.’
- ‘They presented us with a great channel to reach those who want to buy high-quality optics for their firearms.’
- ‘Roseann Hanson has been a professional natural history guide and a field-tester of outdoor optics for the past five years.’
- ‘The shop, primarily, handles optics from Leupold and Swift Instruments.’
2humorous, archaic The eye.organ of sight, eyeballView synonyms
3British trademark A device fastened to the neck of an inverted bottle for measuring out spirits.
- ‘Skinner once again has optics filled with various spirits mounted on the drum riser, allowing him to distribute drinks to the front row.’
- ‘It's a small vacuum optic that is attached to the top of a bottle after it has been opened to stop oxygen getting in and ruining wine.’
- ‘The group of fourth-year Master of Engineering degree students have designed a new optic which can dispense either single or double shots of spirits in a single, quick operation.’
Late Middle English: from French optique or medieval Latin opticus, from Greek optikos, from optos ‘seen’.
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