Definition for AN-A-CLAS'TIC

AN-A-CLAS'TIC, a. [Gr. ανα and κλασις, a breaking, from κλαω, to break.]

Refracting; breaking the rectilinear course of light. Anaclastic glasses, sonorous glasses or phials, which are flexible, and emit a vehement noise by means of the human breath; called also vexing glasses, from the fright which their resilience occasions. They are low phials with flat bellies, like inverted tunnels, and with very thin convex bottoms. By drawing out a little air, the bottom springs into a concave form with a smart crack; and by breathing or blowing into them, the bottom, with a like noise, springs into its former convex form. – Encyc.

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