Fresnel lens

Fresnel lens

noun
Optics. a large lens with a surface of concentric grooves of prismatic profile, used in automobile headlights, searchlights, spotlights, etc.

Origin:
1840–50; see fresnel

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Fresnel lens
 
n
a lens consisting of a number of smaller lenses arranged to give a flat surface of short focal length
 
[C20: named after Augustin Jean Fresnel (1788--1827), French physicist]

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Fresnel lens   (frə-něl')  Pronunciation Key 
A thin optical lens consisting of concentric rings of segmental lenses and having a short focal length. Placing a light source at the focal point of the lens gives rise to a strong beam of nearly parallel rays. Fresnel lenses are used primarily in spotlights, lighthouses, and the headlights of motor vehicles.
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