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hand lens

a magnifying glass designed to be held in the hand.
Also called hand glass.
Origin of hand lens
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The only tool absolutely necessary is a pair of forceps, although a hand-lens is often helpful.

  • This difference of the fibres is best observed with a hand-lens.

  • It is very small; but once studied may thereafter be easily recognized by a hand-lens.

    The North American Slime-Moulds Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
  • In some large twigs the eye unaided will serve to find the tip-scar, but with the smaller twigs a hand-lens is necessary.

    Michigan Trees Charles Herbert Otis
  • With the aid of a hand-lens, a whole series of most exquisite little hooks will be discovered.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot

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