noun, plural lens·es.
verb (used with object)
Origin of lens
Examples from the Web for 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|Marlow Stern|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One reason for that is filmmakers shot with 16mm lenses on hand-cranked cameras for optimum authenticity.
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|Sarah Moroz|February 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All lenses project circles; most cameras cut a square or rectangular image out of the middle of the optical pie.
The tops of the lenses were tinted blue and the bottoms tinted pink.
Valencia Valletort's luminous eyes had gleamed that night under their lashes, and pierced through the lenses of his lorgnon.
Combined for the first time in one volume, they are the greatest compilation on the subject of lenses extant.Watch and Clock Escapements|Anonymous
A binocular, small but extremely efficient in its magnifying power he withdrew, dusting the lenses with the sleeve of his shirt.Rim o' the World|B. M. Bower
The French opticians cement the lenses very neatly together, and use them in ordinary spy and opera glasses.The Boy's Playbook of Science|John Henry Pepper
The oculist from whom you obtained your lenses will tell you their magnifying power.
British Dictionary definitions for lenses (1 of 2)
Word Origin for lens
British Dictionary definitions for lenses (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for lenses
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 lenses
n. pl. lens•es
Science definitions for lenses
- 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