Op"tic (?), Op"tic*al (?), a. [F. optique, Gr. ; akin to sight, I have seen, I shall see, and to the two eyes, face, L. oculus eye. See Ocular, Eye, and cf. Canopy, Ophthalmia.]
Of or pertaining to vision or sight.
The moon, whose orb
Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views.
Of or pertaining to the eye; ocular; as, the optic nerves (the first pair of cranial nerves) which are distributed to the retina. See Illust. of Brain, and Eye.
Relating to the science of optics; as, optical works.
Optic angle Opt., the angle included between the optic axes of the two eyes when directed to the same point; -- sometimes called binocular parallax. -- Optic axis. Opt. (a) A line drawn through the center of the eye perpendicular to its anterior and posterior surfaces. In a normal eye it is in the direction of the optic axis that objects are most distinctly seen. (b) The line in a doubly refracting crystal, in the direction of which no double refraction occurs. A uniaxial crystal has one such line, a biaxial crystal has two. -- Optical circle Opt., a graduated circle used for the measurement of angles in optical experiments. -- Optical square, a surveyor's instrument with reflectors for laying off right angles.
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