noun, plural lens·es.
verb (used with object)
Origin of lens
Examples from the Web for lens
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 7, 2015
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
December 13, 2014
I see my personal experiences as a lens to look at something much bigger.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
She holds a young girl closely inside her oversized fur coat; both gaze into lens.London’s Pagan Counterculture Kings
October 12, 2014
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
September 10, 2014
Historical Examples of lens
A lens gleamed transparent in the sunlight from the open end.Slaves of Mercury
He uncovered the lens of his dark lantern and turned the ray on Wixy.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
This is exposed to the light that shines through the lens of the camera.
The kind of lens we have been talking about is the convex lens.
Then the lens bends it together again until it comes to a point.
Word Origin 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]
n. pl. lens•es
- 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