Optic

Definition of Optic

Op´tic   Pronunciation: ǒp´tĭk
n.1.The organ of sight; an eye.
The difference is as great between
The optics seeing, as the object seen.
- Pope.
2.An eyeglass.
a.1.Of, pertaining to, or using vision or sight; as, optical illusions.
The moon, whose orb
Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views.
- Milton.
2.Of or pertaining to the eye; ocular; as, the optic nerves (the first pair of cranial nerves) which are distributed to the retina; the optic (or optical) axis of the eye. See Illust. of Brain, and Eye.
3.Relating to the science of optics or to devices designed to assist vision; as, optical works; optical equipment.
Optic angle
(Opt.) the angle included between the optic axes of the two eyes when directed to the same point; - sometimes called binocular parallax.
Optic axis
a - (Opt.) A line drawn through the center of the eye perpendicular to its anterior and posterior surfaces. In a normal eye it is in the direction of the optic axis that objects are most distinctly seen.
b - The line in a doubly refracting crystal, in the direction of which no double refraction occurs. A uniaxial crystal has one such line, a biaxial crystal has two.
Optical circle
(Opt.) a graduated circle used for the measurement of angles in optical experiments.
Optical square
a surveyor's instrument with reflectors for laying off right angles.

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