(?), a. [L. specularis (cf., from the same root, specula a lookout, watchtower): cf. F. spculaire. See Speculum.] 1. Having the qualities of a speculum, or mirror; having a smooth, reflecting surface; as, a specular metal; a specular surface.
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2. (Med.) Of or pertaining to a speculum; conducted with the aid of a speculum; as, a specular examination.
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3. Assisting sight, as a lens or the like. [Obs.]
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Thy specular orb
Apply to well-dissected kernels; lo!
In each observe the slender threads
Of first-beginning trees.
J. Philips.
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4. Affording view. [R.] "Look once more, ere we leave this specular mount." Milton.
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Specular iron. (Min.) See Hematite.
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