irrefrangible


irrefrangible
irrefrangible (adj.) c.1719, "that cannot be broken," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (1)) + refrangible, from re- "back" (see RE- (Cf. re-)) + L. frangere "to break" (see FRACTION (Cf. fraction)).

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  • Irrefrangible — Ir re*fran gi*ble, a. Not refrangible; that can not be refracted in passing from one medium to another. {Ir re*fran gi*ble*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • irrefrangible — [ir΄i fran′jə bəl] adj. [ IR + REFRANGIBLE] 1. that cannot be broken or violated 2. that cannot be refracted irrefrangibly adv …   English World dictionary

  • irrefrangible — /ɪrəˈfrændʒəbəl / (say iruh franjuhbuhl) adjective 1. not to be broken or violated; inviolable: an irrefrangible rule of etiquette. 2. incapable of being refracted: X rays are irrefrangible. {ir 2 + refrangible} –irrefrangibly, adverb …   Australian English dictionary

  • irrefrangible — irrefrangibility, irrefrangibleness, n. irrefrangibly, adv. /ir i fran jeuh beuhl/, adj. 1. not to be broken or violated; inviolable: an irrefrangible rule of etiquette. 2. incapable of being refracted. [1710 20; IR 2 + REFRANGIBLE] * * * …   Universalium

  • irrefrangible — adjective a) Not to broken or transgressed; inviolable. b) Incapable of being refracted …   Wiktionary

  • irrefrangible — [ˌɪrfɪ fran(d)ʒɪb(ə)l] adjective rare (of a rule) inviolable …   English new terms dictionary

  • irrefrangible — ir·refrangible …   English syllables

  • irrefrangible —   a. unbreakable; incapable of being refracted …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • irrefrangible — adj. 1 inviolable. 2 Optics incapable of being refracted …   Useful english dictionary

  • Irrefrangibleness — Irrefrangible Ir re*fran gi*ble, a. Not refrangible; that can not be refracted in passing from one medium to another. {Ir re*fran gi*ble*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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