noun, plural lens·es.
verb (used with object)
Origin of lens
Examples from the Web for lenses
Contemporary Examples of lenses
So we got a compressor and we would literally pump air into each of the four cameras so we could blow water off the lenses.‘Noah’ is a Global Warming Epic About the Battle Between Religion and Science, Says Cinematographer
March 27, 2014
One reason for that is filmmakers shot with 16mm lenses on hand-cranked cameras for optimum authenticity.Who Invented the ‘Teenager’?
March 14, 2014
There are lenses discretely built in watches, ties, cigarettes, lighters, and other forms of disguise.Exposed: Paparazzi vs. the Stars Over the Past 50 Years
February 27, 2014
All lenses project circles; most cameras cut a square or rectangular image out of the middle of the optical pie.New Orleans' Hidden Violence
January 28, 2011
The tops of the lenses were tinted blue and the bottoms tinted pink.Do I Have to Read Sue Grafton?
December 21, 2009
Historical Examples of lenses
The oculist from whom you obtained your lenses will tell you their magnifying power.
The Argand lamp of 1812 was not at all powerful and the lenses used were far from perfect.Steve and the Steam Engine
Sara Ware Bassett
Finally the lenses have to be centred, an essential operation in this case.On Laboratory Arts
She looked through the lenses and gave a cry of astonishment.Giants on the Earth
Sterner St. Paul Meek
Pupils, lights and lenses, all came to a glittering focus on me.Man Made
Albert R. Teichner
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