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catacaustic

cat·a·caus·tic
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kat-uh-kaw-stik]
    • /ˌkæt əˈkɔ stɪk/
    • /kˌatəkˈɔːstɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kat-uh-kaw-stik]
    • /ˌkæt əˈkɔ stɪk/

Definitions of catacaustic word

  • adjective catacaustic (of a caustic curve or surface) formed by reflected light rays 3
  • noun catacaustic a catacaustic curve or surface 3
  • adjective catacaustic noting a caustic surface or curve formed by the reflection of light. 1
  • noun catacaustic a catacaustic surface or curve. 1
  • noun catacaustic A caustic curve formed by light reflecting from a curved surface. 1
  • noun catacaustic (mathematics) the envelope of all rays that emanate from a specified point (the radiant point) and reflect from a given curve; the evolute of the orthotomic. 0

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Origin of catacaustic

First appearance:

before 1700
One of the 50% oldest English words
First recorded in 1700-10; cata- + caustic

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Parts of speech for Catacaustic

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

catacaustic popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 37% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 53% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

catacaustic usage trend in Literature

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