a. The fairly permanent suspension of finely divided but undissolved particles in a fluid. API, 1
b. The creation of a dispersion by deflocculation. BS, 5
c. The separation of polychromatic light (e.g., white light; sunlight) into its component wavelengths.
d. The degree of inequality of refractive index and refraction of light of various colors. Syn: refractive index
e. Change in the angle between optic axes in biaxial crystals due to change in refractive indices with change in wavelength of light.
f. Change in the orientation of optical directions with respect to crystallographic directions in monoclinic or triclinic minerals. See also: index of refraction; optic axis.
g. Distortion of the shape of a seismic-wave train because of variation of velocity with frequency.
h. Advance or recession of peaks and troughs from the beginning of the seismic wave as it travels.
i. Breaking down or separation of soil aggregates into single grains.
Source:
Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms












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