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Pris*mat"ic (?), Pris*mat"ic*al (?), a. [Cf. F. prismatique.]


Resembling, or pertaining to, a prism; as, a prismatic form or cleavage.


Separated or distributed by a prism; formed by a prism; as, prismatic colors.

3. Crystallog.

Same as Orthorhombic.

Prismatic borax Chem., borax crystallized in the form of oblique prisms, with ten molecules of water; -- distinguished from octahedral borax. -- Prismatic colors Opt., the seven colors into which light is resolved when passed through a prism; primary colors. See Primary colors, under Color. -- Prismatic compass Surv., a compass having a prism for viewing a distant object and the compass card at the same time. -- Prismatic spectrum Opt., the spectrum produced by the passage of light through a prism.


© Webster 1913.

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