May 18, 2006

Rapid Rhetoric: HOLOPHOTE

This is an irregular feature - both in frequency and oddness - dedicated to a word I came across that I have never previously used.

holophote - n. a device used to direct most or all of available light in one direction. The word is most frequently used to describe a lamp with lenses or reflectors that collects rays of light and focuses them in a given direction, such as the apparatus used in lighthouses.


BrianMaxson said...

...or a magnifying glass for setting ants aflame, not that I would know anything about this...I saw it on Bevis and Butthead.

historymike said...

Beavis and Butthead RULE.

Speaking of insects, how about the episode where they stole Anderson's chain saw and conducted a mock trial of a grasshopper?

Butthead: "Death by..uh.. Saw off his tweeter!!!"

Hooda Thunkit said...

For lasers, they're usually collimators, which filter more than focus the light;-)