noun, plural lens·es.
verb (used with object)
Origin of lens
Definition for lens (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for lens
It reminded me a bit of an alternative take on The Wolf of Wall Street—through the Toni and Candace lens.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The camera dollied backward along the length of the tower's staircase while simultaneously its lens zoomed forward.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I see my personal experiences as a lens to look at something much bigger.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life|David Yaffe|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She holds a young girl closely inside her oversized fur coat; both gaze into lens.
On the porch, before I go, Peterson looks at me through the lens of a small digital camera before training it on his front lawn.Gosta Peterson's Bohemian Rhapsody: Unpacking a Photographer's '60s Secrets|Lizzie Crocker|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The lens is surrounded by a metal case or lantern, in which is placed the electric lamp upon a slide for focussing.Torpedoes and Torpedo Warfare|C. W. Sleeman
By this time McKelvie had opened the cash box and was engaged in peering at the stoneless ring through his lens.The Mystery of the Hidden Room|Marion Harvey
On dissection, the third eye will be found lying immediately beneath the skin; it has a lens, retina, and optic nerve.The Dawn of Reason|James Weir
The effect of the operation on the lens varies considerably.
"I thought that a lens would absorb ultra-violet light," objected the signal officer.Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1930|Victor Rousseau
British Dictionary definitions for lens (1 of 2)
Word Origin for lens
British Dictionary definitions for lens (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for lens
1690s, "glass to regulate light rays," from Latin lens (genitive lentis) "lentil," on analogy of the double-convex shape. See lentil. Of the eye from 1719.
In the vernacular of the photographer, anyone crowding to the front of a group, staring into the lens, or otherwise attracting attention to himself is known as a "lens louse." ["American Photography," vol. 40, 1946; the term dates from 1915]
Medicine definitions for lens
n. pl. lens•es
Science definitions for lens
- A piece of glass or plastic shaped so as to focus or spread light rays that pass through it, often for the purpose of forming an image.
- A combination of two or more such lenses, as in a camera or telescope. Also called compound lens