Re·fract v. t. [imp. & p. p. Refracted; p. pr. & vb. n. Refracting.]
1. To bend sharply and abruptly back; to break off.
2. To break the natural course of, as rays of light orr heat, when passing from one transparent medium to another of different density; to cause to deviate from a direct course by an action distinct from reflection; as, a dense medium refrcts the rays of light as they pass into it from a rare medium.
1. Bot. & Zool. Bent backward angularly, as if half-broken; as, a refracted stem or leaf.
2. Turned from a direct course by refraction; as, refracted rays of light.