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magnifying glass

a lens that produces an enlarged image of an object.
Compare hand lens.
Origin of magnifying glass
1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Mrs. Minto looked over her magnifying glass at Sally in a bewildered way.

    Coquette Frank Swinnerton
  • But you may be curious to know just how a magnifying glass works.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • He looked at all things through a magnifying glass of about eighteen power.

    Border and Bastille George A. Lawrence
  • So fine is the chipping that to see the workmanship a magnifying glass is necessary.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • Then he raised his head and laid the magnifying glass and the callipers on the table.

    The Girl in the Golden Atom Raymond King Cummings
  • It is also called a "minus" glass, while the magnifying glass is called a "plus" glass.

    A Handbook of Health Woods Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for magnifying glass

magnifying glass

a convex lens used to produce an enlarged image of an object
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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