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noun Prism
  1. [Geom] A solid whose bases or ends are any similar, equal, and parallel plane figures, and whose sides are parallelograms.
  2. [Opt] A transparent body, with usually three rectangular plane faces or sides, and two equal and parallel triangular ends or bases; -- used in experiments on refraction, dispersion, etc.
  3. [Crystallog] A form the planes of which are parallel to the vertical axis. See Form (n.), 13.

Note: Prisms of different forms are often named from the figure of their bases; as, a triangular prism, a quadrangular prism, a rhombic prism, etc.

Etymology: L. prisma, Gr. pri`sma, fr. pri`zein pri`ein, to saw: cf. F. prisme

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  1. Optical device having a triangular shape and made of glass or quartz; used to deviate a beam or invert an image
  2. A polyhedron with two congruent and parallel faces (the bases) and whose lateral faces are parallelograms

Late Latin prisma, from Ancient Greek πρίσμα (prísma, “something sawed”), from πρίζειν (prízein, “to saw”).

  1. (geometry) A polyhedron with parallel ends of the same size and shape, the other faces being parallelogram-shaped sides.
  2. A transparent block in the shape of a prism (typically with triangular ends), used to split or reflect light.
  3. A crystal in which the faces are parallel to the vertical axis.

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Past life for Prism born Jan 17, 1984

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA South-East approximately on 1075. Your profession was monk, bee-keeper, and lone gunman.

You were always involved with all new things. You have always loved changes, especially in art, music, cooking. There is the invisible connection between material and spiritual world. Your lesson - to search, to find and to use this bridge.

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