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magnification

[mag-nuh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌmæg nə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of magnifying or the state of being magnified.
2.
the power to magnify.
Compare power (def 20a).
3.
a magnified image, drawing, copy, etc.
Origin of magnification
1615-1625
1615-25; < Late Latin magnificātiōn- (stem of magnificātiō). See magnify, -fication
Related forms
overmagnification, noun
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  • I have recently been successful in devising an ideal method of magnification without contact.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • Morely increased the magnification, to watch a few animals at a waterhole.

    Final Weapon Everett B. Cole
  • Can you give us the magnification first of the primer-markings photograph?

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • But it is quite easy to increase the magnification to 10 times or more.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • Step by step the magnification was increased as ring after ring of the lens antenna was thrown into play.

    Greylorn John Keith Laumer
  • "They show the amount of magnification or reduction," Thorndyke explained.

    The Red Thumb Mark R. Austin Freeman
  • He cut the magnification again at fifty and at thirty and at ten.

    The Hate Disease William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The magnification is too low to show the smaller blood vessels.

    Disease and Its Causes William Thomas Councilman
  • Learn to take away the magnification as soon as the trouble is sufficiently examined.

    Nine O'Clock Talks Frederic B. Kellogg
  • I'm going to step up the magnification, slowly, so that you can be sure there's no substitution.

    Time Crime H. Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for magnification

magnification

/ˌmæɡnɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of magnifying or the state of being magnified
2.
the degree to which something is magnified
3.
a copy, photograph, drawing, etc, of something magnified
4.
a measure of the ability of a lens or other optical instrument to magnify, expressed as the ratio of the size of the image to that of the object
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Word Origin and History for magnification
n.

early 15c., from Late Latin magnificationem (nominative magnificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of magnificare (see magnify).

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magnification in Medicine

magnification mag·ni·fi·ca·tion (māg'nə-fĭ-kā'shən)
n.

  1. The act of magnifying or the state of being magnified.

  2. Something that has been magnified; an enlarged representation, image, or model.

  3. The ratio of the size of an image to the size of an object.

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