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enlarger

[en-lahr-jer] /ɛnˈlɑr dʒər/
noun, Photography
1.
an apparatus used for making projection prints, having a head for holding, illuminating, and projecting a film negative and a bed for holding a sheet of sensitized printing paper.
Also called projection printer.
Compare contact printer.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45, for an earlier sense; enlarge + -er1
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Examples from the web for enlarger
  • The photographer uses a device called an enlarger to project the light through the negative and onto the paper.
  • Changes in duct diameter shall be accomplished using a rigid, smooth bore enlarger.
  • Move reference table to align pattern film over circuit board holes with reference marks on enlarger scope.
British Dictionary definitions for enlarger

enlarger

/ɪnˈlɑːdʒə/
noun
1.
an optical instrument for making enlarged photographic prints in which a negative is brightly illuminated and its enlarged image is focused onto a sheet of sensitized paper
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Encyclopedia Article for enlarger

in photography, device for producing a photographic print or negative larger than the original negative or transparency. The enlarger consists of a projection system, or head assembly, mounted on a horizontal base. The head assembly includes an enclosed light source, a holder for positioning and flattening the negative, a lens for projecting the image onto the base (which holds the paper), and a mechanism for focusing the image. The head assembly may be raised or lowered to adjust the size of the print.

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