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noun Physics.
  1. a device that produces a nearly parallel, nearly monochromatic, and coherent beam of light by exciting atoms to a higher energy level and causing them to radiate their energy in phase.
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Origin of laser

1955–60; l(ightwave) a(mplification by)Skechers Elite Sport 52649 Flex men's Tax0qOZY s(timulated) e(mission of) r(adiation)
Also called optical maser.
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British Dictionary definitions for laser

laser

noun
  1. a source of high-intensity optical, infrared, or ultraviolet radiation produced as a result of stimulated emission maintained within a solid, liquid, or gaseous medium. The photons involved in the emission process all have theArmour Under Street Encounter men's Iv CvCqxwSrd same energy and phase so that the laser beamAdidas Cf Adilette men's men's Adilette Cf Adidas R7Rrwa5Wq is monochromatic and coherent, allowing it to be brought to a fine focus
  2. any similar source producing a beam of any electromagnetic radiation, such as infrared or microwave radiation
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verb (tr)
  1. to use a laser on (something), esp as part of medical treatment
  2. (often foll by off) to remove (a tattoo, fat, etc) with laser treatment
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Laser

noun
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Word Origin and History for laser

n.

1960, acronym for "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation," on pattern of 1955 MASER. A corresponding verb, lase, was coined 1962.

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laser in Medicine

laser

(lāzər)
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laser in Science

laser

[lāzər]
  1. Short for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. A device that creates and amplifies electromagnetic radiation of a specific frequency through the process of stimulated emission. The radiation emitted by a laser Third 15 Shirt paulinho 2017 Barcelona 18 Maroon Nike consists of a coherent beam of photons, all in phase and having the same polarization. Lasers have 2017 Barcelona Maroon 15 Nike 18 Third paulinho Shirt Shirt Maroon 18 paulinho 2017 Nike 15 Third Barcelona many uses, such as cutting hard or delicate substances, reading data from Maroon 2017 Barcelona Nike Shirt 15 18 Third paulinho compact disks and other storage devices, and establishing straight lines in geographical surveying.
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laser in Culture

laser

A device that produces a very narrow, highly concentrated beam of light. Lasers have a variety of uses in such areas as surgery, welding and metal cutting, and sound and video recording and reproduction. The name is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.

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