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magnifying glass

a lens that produces an enlarged image of an object.
Compare hand lens.
Origin of magnifying glass
First recorded in 1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Auntie used to say that mamma hunted dust with a magnifying glass.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But you may be curious to know just how a magnifying glass works.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • A magnifying glass, or convex lens, if put in the right place, will do this.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • So fine is the chipping that to see the workmanship a magnifying glass is necessary.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • Grant shifted his magnifying glass to another angle and grunted.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • It is also called a "minus" glass, while the magnifying glass is called a "plus" glass.

    A Handbook of Health

    Woods Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for magnifying glass

magnifying glass

a convex lens used to produce an enlarged image of an object
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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