- a magnifying glass designed to be held in the hand.
Origin of hand lens
First recorded in 1925–30
Also called hand glass.
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Examples from the Web for hand lens
This difference of the fibres is best observed with a hand-lens.An Elementary Text-book of the Microscope
John William Griffith
The only tool absolutely necessary is a pair of forceps, although a hand-lens is often helpful.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
It is very small; but once studied may thereafter be easily recognized by a hand-lens.The North American Slime-Moulds
Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
In some large twigs the eye unaided will serve to find the tip-scar, but with the smaller twigs a hand-lens is necessary.Michigan Trees
Charles Herbert Otis
With the aid of a hand-lens, a whole series of most exquisite little hooks will be discovered.The Romance of Plant Life
G. F. Scott Elliot