Definitions for magnifying glass

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mag′nifying glass`(n.)

  1. a lens that makes an object appear larger.

    Category: Optics

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hand glass, simple microscope, magnifying glass(noun)

    light microscope consisting of a single convex lens that is used to produce an enlarged image

    "the magnifying glass was invented by Roger Bacon in 1250"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. magnifying glass(noun)ˈmæg nəˌfaɪ

    a special lens you hold over sth to make it appear bigger


  1. magnifying glass(Noun)

    An instrument made of convex glass, used to magnify.


  1. Magnifying glass

    A magnifying glass is a convex lens that is used to produce a magnified image of an object. The lens is usually mounted in a frame with a handle. A sheet magnifier consists of many very narrow concentric ring-shaped lenses, such that the combination acts as a single lens but is much thinner. This arrangement is known as a Fresnel lens. The magnifying glass is an icon of detective fiction, particularly that of Sherlock Holmes.


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