Rainbow vs. Iridescent

Rainbow vs. Iridescent — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Rainbow and Iridescent

Rainbownoun

An arc of spectral colors, usually identified as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, that appears in the sky opposite the sun as a result of the refractive dispersion of sunlight in drops of rain or mist.

Iridescentadjective

Producing a display of lustrous, rainbowlike colors

an iridescent oil slick.iridescent plumage.

Rainbownoun

A similar arc or band, as one produced by a prism or by iridescence.

Iridescentadjective

Brilliant, lustrous, or colorful in effect or appearance

"The prelude was as iridescent as a prism in a morning room" (Carson McCullers).

Rainbownoun

A graded display of colors.

Iridescentadjective

(not comparable) Producing a display of lustrous, rainbow-like colors; prismatic.

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Rainbownoun

An illusory hope

chasing the rainbow of overnight success.

Iridescentadjective

Brilliant, lustrous, or colorful.

Rainbownoun

A diverse assortment or collection.

Iridescentadjective

varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles;

changeable taffetachatoyant (or shot) silka dragonfly hovered, vibrating and iridescent

Rainbownoun

A multicoloured arch in the sky, produced by prismatic refraction of light within droplets of rain in the air.

Iridescentadjective

having a play of lustrous rainbow-like colors;

an iridescent oil slicknacreous (or pearlescent) clouds looking like mother-of-pearla milky opalescent (or opaline) luster
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Rainbownoun

Any prismatic refraction of light showing a spectrum of colours.

Rainbownoun

(often used with “of”) A wide assortment; a varied multitude.

a rainbow of possibilities

Rainbownoun

(figurative) An illusion, mirage.

Many electoral promises are rainbows, vanishing soon after poll day.

Rainbownoun

(baseball) A curveball, particularly a slow one.

Rainbownoun

(poker slang) In Texas hold 'em or Omaha hold 'em, a flop that contains three different suits.

Rainbownoun

Rainbow trout.

Rainbowadjective

Multicolored.

Rainbowadjective

Made up of several races or ethnicities, or (more broadly) of several cultural or ideological factions.

Rainbowadjective

(attributive) LGBT.

Rainbowadjective

Composed entirely of different suits.

Rainbowverb

(transitive) To brighten with, or as with, a rainbow; to pattern with the colours of the rainbow.

Rainbowverb

(intransitive) To take the appearance of a rainbow.

Rainbownoun

an arc of colored light in the sky caused by refraction of the sun's rays by rain

Rainbownoun

an illusory hope;

chasing rainbows