AskDefine | Define polychromatic

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polychromatic adj
1 (of light or other electromagnetic radiation) composed of more than one wavelength; "polychromatic light" [ant: monochromatic]
2 having or exhibiting many colors [syn: polychrome, polychromic]

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  1. Showing a variety, or a change, of colours; having many colours; multicoloured.
  2. (of electromagnetic radiation) Composed of more than one wavelength.


showing a variety of colours
  • Romanian: policromatic


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Extensive Definition

The term polychromatic is used to described light that exhibits more than one color. In a technical respect, this can also mean that it contains radiation of more than one wavelength. The study of polychromatics is particularly useful in the production of diffraction grating.
polychromatic in German: Polychromatisches Licht

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