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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [op-ti-kuh l]
    • /ˈɒp tɪ kəl/
    • /ˈɒp.tɪ.kəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [op-ti-kuh l]
    • /ˈɒp tɪ kəl/

Definitions of optical word

  • adjective optical of, relating to, or applying optics or the principles of optics. 1
  • adjective optical constructed to assist sight or to correct defects in vision. 1
  • adjective optical of or relating to sight or vision; visual. 1
  • adjective optical of or relating to the eye. 1
  • adjective optical of or relating to an optician or opticians or to their products, especially eyeglasses: an optical service. 1
  • adjective optical dealing with or skilled in optics. 1

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Origin of optical

First appearance:

before 1560
One of the 32% oldest English words
First recorded in 1560-70; optic + -al1

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Parts of speech for Optical


optical popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

optical usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for optical

adjective optical

  • visual — of or relating to seeing or sight: a visual image.
  • ocular — of, relating to, or for the eyes: ocular movements.
  • ophthalmic — of or relating to the eye; ocular.
  • photosensitive — sensitive to light or similar radiation.
  • seeing — the act of a person who sees.

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