• (RP) IPA: /ˈɒptɪks/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈɑptɪks/

optics (uncountable)

  1. (physics) The physics of light and vision.
  2. The light-related aspects of a device.
    The optics of this telescope are particularly good.
  3. (figuratively) Perception, image, public relations.
    • 2007 January 1, Mark Steyn, "Blowing a 'hinge moment' of history ↗", in The Jerusalem Post:
      […] I'd be interested to know whether US authorities proffered any "advice" on the optics: Ixnay on the torture dungeon, […] ; if you have to have victims' loved ones present, go for the widows and photogenic orphans rather than Moqtada's boys.
    • 2015 September 28, Dan Neil, quoted in "Pope Francis and the little black car ↗", BBC News:
      "There's also a gentle nod to the Vatican and Italy, which shows the Pope is not above playing a little optics - I'm sure he and the CEO of Fiat have met."
Translations Translations
  • Russian: о́птика
  1. plural form of optic

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