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)).

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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 — [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 — adjective Etymology: Latin specularis of a mirror, from speculum Date: 1640 of, relating to, or having the qualities of a mirror • specularity noun • specularly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • specular — specularly, adv. /spek yeuh leuhr/, adj. 1. pertaining to or having the properties of a mirror. 2. pertaining to a speculum. 3. Optics. (of reflected light) directed, as from a smooth, polished surface (opposed to diffuse). [1570 80; < L… …   Universalium

  • specular — spec·u·lar || spekjÉ™lÉ™(r) / kjÊŠlÉ™ adj. of or pertaining to a mirror; resembling a mirror, having the qualities of a mirror …   English contemporary dictionary