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schlieren (ˈʃlɪərən


plural noun

Word forms:   singular schliere
  1. (physics) visible streaks produced in a transparent medium as a result of variations in the medium's density leading to variations in refractive index. They can be recorded by flash photography (schlieren photography)
  2. streaks or platelike masses of mineral in a rock mass, that differ in texture or composition from the main mass

Derived Forms

ˈschlieric  adjective

Word Origin

German, plural of Schliere streak


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