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i•ris



Pronunciation: (ī'ris), [key]
n., pl. i•ris•es, ir•i•desPronunciation: (ir'i-dēz", ī'ri-), [key]
v.


n.
1. Anat.the contractile, circular diaphragm forming the colored portion of the eye and containing a circular opening, the pupil, in its center. See diag. under eye.
2. Bot.any plant of the genus Iris, having showy flowers and sword-shaped leaves. Cf. iris family.
3. a flower of this plant.
4. (cap.) Class. Myth.a messenger of the gods, regarded as the goddess of the rainbow.
5. a rainbow.
6. any appearance resembling a rainbow.
7. Motion Pictures, Television.an iris-in or iris-out.
8. Optics, Photog.See iris diaphragm.

v.i.
Motion Pictures.to begin or end a take or scene with an iris-in or iris-out, achieved by manipulation of an iris diaphragm on the camera or by editing the film.

I•ris



Pronunciation: (ī'ris), [key]
n.
a female given name.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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