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burning glass

a converging lens used to produce heat or ignite substances by focusing the sun's rays.
Also called sunglass.
Origin of burning glass
First recorded in 1560-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When all things were properly disposed, I set fire to the phosphorus with a burning glass.

    Elements of Chemistry, Antoine Lavoisier
  • That collector field of ours gathers energy just like a burning glass.

    Empire Clifford Donald Simak
  • Clark gave one of the men a burning glass to conduct him to the spot, and set out with seven men in a canoe.

    The Conquest Eva Emery Dye
  • That's how that wise man what's his name with the burning glass.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • Matches are precious things out there and, with a burning glass, you will only have to draw upon your stock in the evening.

  • Or broken bottles in the furze act as a burning glass in the sun.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • The action is that of a burning glass, and extends throughout the leaf-tissues.

    Disease in Plants H. Marshall Ward
  • This was notably the case with The burning glass, her last novel.

  • Rick had not yet gotten used to carrying the small lens and had forgotten it until the need for a burning glass arose.

    The Blue Ghost Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The effect may be compared to playing the point of a ray of sunlight focussed through a burning glass.

British Dictionary definitions for burning glass

burning glass

a convex lens for concentrating the sun's rays into a small area to produce heat or fire
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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