noun, plural lens·es.
verb (used with object)
Origin of lens
Related formslens·less, adjectivelens·like, adjectiveun·lensed, adjective
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)
Related formsRelated adjective: lenticular
Word Origin for lens
British Dictionary definitions for lens (2 of 2)
Medicine definitions for lens
n. pl. lens•es
Related formslensed adj.
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