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[mag-nuh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌmæg nə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act of magnifying or the state of being magnified.
the power to magnify.
Compare power (def 20a).
a magnified image, drawing, copy, etc.
Origin of magnification
First recorded in 1615-25, magnification is from the Late Latin word magnificātiōn- (stem of magnificātiō). See magnify, -fication
Related forms
overmagnification, noun Unabridged
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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


the act of magnifying or the state of being magnified
the degree to which something is magnified
a copy, photograph, drawing, etc, of something magnified
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for magnification

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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magnification in Medicine

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

  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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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