Definition of fiber optics in US English:

fiber optics

plural noun

  • 1treated as singular The use of thin flexible fibers of glass or other transparent solids to transmit light signals, chiefly for telecommunications or for internal examination of the body.

    • ‘With the crash of the telecom sector, its investments in fibre optics capacity and other telecommunications ventures turned out to have been very expensive.’
    • ‘According to Davin, Cynosure is under FDA review for a laser treatment for glaucoma and has received FDA clearance for laser technology paired with fiber optics for the treatment of recurrent respiratory papilloma.’
    • ‘We've got the internet, secure phones, teleconferencing, fiber optics, etc.’
    • ‘He also made significant advances in radio imaging, secret signalling, fibre optics, infra-red scanning and facsimile transmission.’
    • ‘There was a South Seas shipping boom, a railroad boom, an automobile boom, a personal computer boom, a fiber optics boom, a cell phone boom and an Internet boom.’
    • ‘Even before the breakthroughs that made long-distance fiber optics practical, aerospace engineers were trying to use photonic systems.’
    • ‘These will range from fiber optics to remote sensing to astronomy, and I hope you will find the opportunity to attend at least some of these very interesting events.’
    • ‘By the 1990s, satellite transmissions, cable television, digital facsimiles, fiber optics, and the Internet put the vast majority of Americans within reach of a global network of technological systems.’
    • ‘This service, which became InterTech, uses VSAT technology and fiber optics to deliver HSD services to customers.’
    • ‘For us it is particularly ironic that Greenspan discusses the guts of the new economy - fibre optics, telecoms, and other aspects of Internet infrastructure - in classic cyclical Old Economy terms.’
    • ‘However, many of these ISPs are expected to fall by the wayside as the sector changes to accommodate new connectivity solutions such as DSL, cable, fibre optics, radio and satellite systems.’
    • ‘Sixteen faculty members in the department of applied optics are involved in research areas that include fiber optics, astronomy, lens design, optical metrology, and biomedical optics.’
    • ‘In addition, the Telephone Organization of Thailand has entered into joint ventures for mobile phones, fibre optics, communication networks, and pagers.’
    • ‘The third technology that drives our business is fiber optics.’
    • ‘Broadband is delivered through fiber optics, cable, telephone lines and fixed wireless technologies.’
    • ‘After returning from a sales trip our VP reported that WE was experimenting with some new technology called fiber optics - cables made of sand as our VP characterized it.’
    • ‘Marconi (LSE: MONI) ditched its ageing engineering businesses to finance a drive into the higher margin telecom and fibre optics arena.’
    • ‘Alcatel is divided in five business segments, comprising networking, the Internet and fiber optics, the enterprise and consumer sectors, telecoms components and energy.’
    • ‘HRL has a track record in fields such as holography and lasers, atomic clocks, silicon crystals, fibre optics and wireless.’
    • ‘I mean, rather, that the attacks of September 11 were not the result of recent advances in fiber optics or information technology; it has been possible to use an airplane to hit a large building for the better part of a century.’
    1. 1.1treated as plural The fibers and associated devices so used.
      • ‘Because fiber optics are so flexible and can transmit and receive light, they are used in many flexible digital cameras for the following purposes.’
      • ‘There's less scattering than with fiber optics, where the light interacts with the material it moves through.’
      • ‘Those proteins act like fiber optics, allowing light to pass through the lens and onto the retina.’
      • ‘People at Corning know the legendary story of the company's first dramatic innovation, which involved railroad signal lanterns, a primitive form of communication using glass and light that foreshadowed fiber optics.’
      • ‘The foglamps are made up of a series of light emitting diodes, while the rear lights use filters lit by fibre optics to create multiple combinations.’
      • ‘Today, laser telecommunication via fiber optics is essential to our cellular telephone, computer, and television-dependent society.’
      • ‘Using light delivered through fiber optics rather than traditional headlamps, in conjunction with computer intelligence, light distribution can be tailored to road speeds.’
      • ‘Light from the perimeter fiber optics pass to a variety of filters.’
      • ‘The answer was to transmit data with light, using fiber optics.’
      • ‘They use fibre optics to shine light into the body.’
      • ‘A team of U.S. and Israeli researchers that recently studied several Euplectella species says the primitive creatures' fibers might serve as a model for improved telecommunications fiber optics.’
      • ‘Through the use of two-way, interactive, full-motion compressed video transmitted through fiber optics, classrooms can now be laboratories with access to the world!’
      • ‘This spectacular crystal sculpture incorporates 157 cylinders of crystal that are lit by fibre optics.’
      • ‘A lab researcher came up with the idea of excimer laser surgery, combining the laser's near-ultraviolet light with fiber optics.’
      • ‘Taiwan must do more to safeguard telecommunications, fiber optics, energy supplies and major transportation arteries, and should consider allowing private agencies to assist in national defense, he said.’

Pronunciation

fiber optics

/ˈfībər ˈäptiks/