angle of incidence

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an·gle of in·ci·dence

1. the angle that a ray entering a refracting medium makes with a line drawn perpendicular to the surface of this medium;
2. the angle that a ray striking a reflecting surface makes with a line perpendicular to this surface.
Synonym(s): incident angle

angle of incidence

the angle at which an ultrasound beam hits the interface between two different types of tissues, such as the facing surfaces of bone and muscle. The angle is also affected by the difference in acoustic impedance of the different tissues.

an·gle of in·ci·dence

(anggĕl insi-dĕns)
1. Angle that a ray entering a refracting medium makes with a line drawn perpendicular to the surface of this medium;
2. Angle that a ray striking a reflecting surface makes with a line perpendicular to this surface.
Synonym(s): incident angle.

angle of incidence

the angle at which a body, object or vector is moving relative to another (e.g. a stationary surface or environmental factor such as wind), often prior to a collision. Example: when playing a snooker ball at a cushion, the angle between the ball's direction of travel and the cushion.
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Craters created by asteroids that hit at a glancing angle also tend to have larger flows, possibly because these lopsided impacts produce a bigger deposit of molten material in the direction the asteroid was traveling, Schaber says.