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hand lens

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  1. a magnifying glass designed to be held in the hand.

Origin of hand lens

First recorded in 1925–30
Also called hand glass.
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Examples from the Web for hand lens

Historical Examples

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

    An Elementary Text-book of the Microscope

    John William Griffith

  • The only tool absolutely necessary is a pair of forceps, although a hand-lens is often helpful.

  • 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