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[mag-nuh-fahy-er] /ˈmæg nəˌfaɪ ər/
a person or thing that magnifies.
a lens or combination of lenses that magnifies an object; magnifying glass.
Origin of magnifier
1540-50; magnify + -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for magnifier
  • So the banking system is not acting as a magnifier of recession.
  • Our pocket-size magnifier and light is the ideal travel tool for consulting maps, menus, or guidebooks in low light.
  • The direct view system is a low power magnifier with a scaled reticle in its object plane.
  • Binoculars and a pocket magnifier let you peer into the natural world.
  • Maybe a magnifier will help you see things close to you.
British Dictionary definitions for magnifier

magnifying glass

a convex lens used to produce an enlarged image of an object
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Word Origin and History for magnifier

1540s, agent noun from magnify.

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