- a lens that produces an enlarged image of an object.
Compare hand lens.
Origin of magnifying glass
First recorded in 1655–65
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Examples from the Web for magnifying glass
She had a magnifying-glass on one side of her and a crystal ball on the other.The Twelfth Hour
Now look at one of them carefully through this magnifying-glass.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
You might put that magnifying-glass down just for one moment, and pay attention!A Likely Story
William De Morgan
Hanaud took his magnifying-glass from his pocket and bent his head over the cushion.At the Villa Rose
A. E. W. Mason
He was examining a piece of china with a magnifying-glass when I entered.Thomas Hardy's Dorset
Robert Thurston Hopkins
- a convex lens used to produce an enlarged image of an object
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