[ mag-nuh-fi-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌmæg nə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən /


the act of magnifying or the state of being magnified.
the power to magnify.Compare power(def 20a).
a magnified image, drawing, copy, etc.

Origin of magnification

First recorded in 1615–25, magnification is from the Late Latin word magnificātiōn- (stem of magnificātiō). See magnify, -fication

OTHER WORDS FROM magnification

o·ver·mag·ni·fi·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for magnification

/ (ˌmæɡnɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) /


the act of magnifying or the state of being magnified
the degree to which something is magnified
a copy, photograph, drawing, etc, of something magnified
a measure of the ability of a lens or other optical instrument to magnify, expressed as the ratio of the size of the image to that of the object
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Medical definitions for magnification

[ măg′nə-fĭ-kāshən ]


The act of magnifying or the state of being magnified.
Something that has been magnified; an enlarged representation, image, or model.
The ratio of the size of an image to the size of an object.
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