Origin of magnification
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Examples from the Web for magnification
Morely increased the magnification, to watch a few animals at a waterhole.Final Weapon
Everett B. Cole
There is a limit, too, beyond which the magnification cannot be carried with advantage.The Story of the Heavens
Robert Stawell Ball
But it is quite easy to increase the magnification to 10 times or more.Life Movements in Plants
Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
He cut the magnification again at fifty and at thirty and at ten.The Hate Disease
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Now here we obtain an instance of what I mean by 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
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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
- The act of magnifying or the state of being magnified.
- Something that has been magnified; an enlarged representation, image, or model.
- The ratio of the size of an image to the size of an object.
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