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anamorphic lens

noun Movies, Optics.
  1. a compound lens or system of lenses that compresses the camera image in the horizontal direction during filming, so that a wide-screen image can fit on the width of conventional 35-mm film.
  2. a similar system used in projection that horizontally expands the compressed image back to its original wide-screen aspect ratio.
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Origin of anamorphic lens

First recorded in 1950–55
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British Dictionary definitions for anamorphic lens

anamorphic lens

noun
  1. a component in the optical system of a film projector for converting standard 35mm film images into wide-screen format
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