prismatic


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prismatic \Pris*mat"ic\, Prismatical \Pris*mat"ic*al\, a. [Cf.
   F. prismatique.]
   1. Resembling, or pertaining to, a prism; as, a prismatic
      form or cleavage.
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   2. Separated or distributed by a prism; formed by a prism;
      as, prismatic colors.
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   3. (Crystallog.) Same as Orthorhombic.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

colorful \colorful\ adj.
   1. having striking color. Opposite of colorless.

   Note: [Narrower terms: {changeable, chatoyant, iridescent,
         shot}; deep, rich; flaming; fluorescent, glowing;
         prismatic; psychedelic; {red, ruddy, flushed,
         empurpled}]

   Syn: colourful.
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   2. striking in variety and interest. Opposite of colorless
      or dull. [Narrower terms: brave, fine, gay, glorious;
      flamboyant, resplendent, unrestrained; {flashy, gaudy,
      jazzy, showy, snazzy, sporty}; picturesque]
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   3. having color or a certain color; not black, white or grey;
      as, colored crepe paper. Opposite of colorless and
      monochrome.

   Note: [Narrower terms: tinted; touched, tinged; {amber,
         brownish-yellow, yellow-brown}; amethyst; {auburn,
         reddish-brown}; aureate, gilded, gilt, gold, golden;
         azure, cerulean, sky-blue, bright blue; {bicolor,
         bicolour, bicolored, bicoloured, bichrome}; {blue,
         bluish, light-blue, dark-blue}; {blushful,
         blush-colored, rosy}; bottle-green; bronze, bronzy;
         brown, brownish, dark-brown; buff; {canary,
         canary-yellow}; caramel, caramel brown; carnation;
         chartreuse; chestnut; dun; {earth-colored,
         earthlike}; fuscous; {green, greenish, light-green,
         dark-green}; jade, jade-green; khaki; {lavender,
         lilac}; mauve; moss green, mosstone; {motley,
         multicolor, culticolour, multicolored, multicoloured,
         painted, particolored, particoloured, piebald, pied,
         varicolored, varicoloured}; mousy, mouse-colored;
         ocher, ochre; olive-brown; olive-drab; olive;
         orange, orangish; peacock-blue; pink, pinkish;
         purple, violet, purplish; {red, blood-red, carmine,
         cerise, cherry, cherry-red, crimson, ruby, ruby-red,
         scarlet}; red, reddish; rose, roseate; rose-red;
         rust, rusty, rust-colored; {snuff, snuff-brown,
         snuff-color, snuff-colour, snuff-colored,
         snuff-coloured, mummy-brown, chukker-brown}; {sorrel,
         brownish-orange}; stone, stone-gray; {straw-color,
         straw-colored, straw-coloured}; tan; tangerine;
         tawny; ultramarine; umber; {vermilion,
         vermillion, cinibar, Chinese-red}; yellow, yellowish;
         yellow-green; avocado; bay; beige; {blae
         bluish-black or gray-blue)}; coral; creamy; {cress
         green, cresson, watercress}; hazel; {honey,
         honey-colored}; hued(postnominal); magenta;
         maroon; pea-green; russet; sage, sage-green;
         sea-green] [Also See: chromatic, colored, dark,
         light.]

   Syn: colored, coloured, in color(predicate).
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