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Answer:

The phenomenon of bending of light around the corners of small obstacles and its consequent spreading into the regions of geometrical shadow is called diffraction.

Explanation:

Some real life examples where diffraction actually happens are:

1)The closely spaced tracks on a CD or DVD act as a diffraction grating (an optical component with a periodic structure, which splits and diffracts light into several beams travelling in different directions) to form the familiar rainbow pattern seen when looking at a disc.
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http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/phyopt/grating.html

2) The hologram on a credit card is an example in which we engineer a grating so that we can get a desired diffraction pattern.
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http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-hologram-as-a-security-feature-on-a-european-credit-card-25017109.htm

3) Diffraction in the atmosphere by small particles can cause a bright ring to be visible around a bright light source like the sun or the moon.enter image source here
Image source: http://apollo.lsc.vsc.edu/classes/met130/notes/chapter19/corona.html

Source used to answer this question : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diffraction