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[mag-nuh-fahy-er] /ˈmæg nəˌfaɪ ər/
a person or thing that magnifies.
a lens or combination of lenses that magnifies an object; magnifying glass.
Origin of magnifier
First recorded in 1540-50; magnify + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This image is viewed by a magnifier attached to the end B C.

    Letters on Astronomy Denison Olmsted
  • A curious thing is this proboscis, when seen through the magnifier.

    Glaucus Charles Kingsley
  • "That is proved by the focus of the magnifier," remarked the abbé.

    Black Diamonds Mr Jkai
  • A magnifier or reading-glass might bring it out strong enough.

  • Impossible usually to see into the small pores with magnifier.

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison
  • Although the object itself is inaccessible, the image of it is by no means so, and to the image a magnifier can be applied.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • A thin section of coal shows under a magnifier the structure of the stems of the coal-forming plants.

  • The wrong end of the magnifier is held to everything, but still the exhibition is highly curious.

  • The magnifier enlarged him to a seeming half inch or so, and I could see better, now, this strange tiny creature.

    Micro-Man Forrest James Ackerman
  • Most of these flowers need to be picked to pieces under the magnifier to show up their full beauty.

    Through a Microscope Samuel Wells
Word Origin and History for magnifier

1540s, agent noun from magnify.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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