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[en-lahr-jer] /ɛnˈlɑr dʒər/
noun, Photography.
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 of enlarger
1535-45, for an earlier sense; enlarge + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for enlarger
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  • But in sober truth, Pope, whether as a gardener or as a poet, required no enlarger or improver of his works.

    Flowers and Flower-Gardens David Lester Richardson
  • As a guarantee of good faith we are giving samples of our famous enlarger away to all well-known Puddin'-owners.

    The Magic Pudding Norman Lindsay
  • He put the microcopy in an enlarger, and carried the enlarged print with him to the conveyer room.

    Time Crime H. Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for enlarger


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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