Specular

Specular
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A term used to describe highly directional, focused light. This is often perceived as a very 'hard' light. (Lighting)
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Highly directional "hard" light.

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  • Specular — Spec u*lar, a. [L. specularis (cf., from the same root, specula a lookout, watchtower): cf. F. sp[ e]culaire. See {Speculum}.] 1. Having the qualities of a speculum, or mirror; having a smooth, reflecting surface; as, a specular metal; a specular …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • SPECULAR — a Speculo differt, illud enim Graece διόπτρα, per quod videtur; hoc issdem κάτοπτρον, quô videtur: illud διάφασιν, hoc ἔμφασιν facit. Et quidem Specularia dicebantur, quibus lumen in cenacula inferebatur, et Sol admittebatur in aedes, ut hodie… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • specular — speculár adj. m., pl. speculári; f. sg. speculáră, pl. speculáre Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  SPECULÁR, Ă adj. 1. (min.) care răsfrânge lumina. 2. referitor la oglindă; care par …   Dicționar Român

  • specular — (adj.) 1570s, of mirrors and glass, from L. specularis, from speculum (see SPECULUM (Cf. speculum)). Of sight or vision, from 1650s, from L. speculari to spy (see SPECULATION (Cf. speculation)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • specular — [spek′yə lər] adj. [L specularis] of, like, or by means of, a speculum specularly adv …   English World dictionary

  • specular — adjective /ˈspɛkjʊlə/ a) Pertaining to mirrors; mirror like, reflective. a perfect likeness would rather suggest a specular, and hence speculatory, phenomenon [...]. b) Pertaining to sight or vision. Calm as the Universe, from specular towers /… …   Wiktionary

  • specular — spec·u·lar spek yə lər adj conducted with the aid of a speculum <a specular examination> …   Medical dictionary

  • specular — adj. 1 of or having the nature of a speculum. 2 reflecting. Phrases and idioms: specular iron ore lustrous haematite. Etymology: L specularis (as SPECULUM) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Specular highlight — Specular highlights on a pair of spheres. A specular highlight is the bright spot of light that appears on shiny objects when illuminated (for example, see image at right). Specular highlights are important in 3D computer graphics, as they… …   Wikipedia

  • Specular reflection — is the perfect, mirror like reflection of light (or sometimes other kinds of wave) from a surface, in which light from a single incoming direction (a ray) is reflected into a single outgoing direction. Such behavior is described by the law of… …   Wikipedia

  • Specular iron — Specular Spec u*lar, a. [L. specularis (cf., from the same root, specula a lookout, watchtower): cf. F. sp[ e]culaire. See {Speculum}.] 1. Having the qualities of a speculum, or mirror; having a smooth, reflecting surface; as, a specular metal; a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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