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[mag-nuh-fi-key-shuh n]
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  1. the act of magnifying or the state of being magnified.
  2. the power to magnify.Compare power(def 20a).
  3. a magnified image, drawing, copy, etc.
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Origin of magnification

First recorded in 1615–25, magnification is from the Late Latin word magnificātiōn- (stem of magnificātiō). See magnify, -fication
Related formso·ver·mag·ni·fi·ca·tion, noun
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Related Words for magnification

enlargement, acclaim, citation, panegyric, approbation, thanks, recommendation, rave, worship, recognition, obeisance, commendation, homage, accolade, tribute, glorification, hurrah, compliment, hymn, eulogy

Examples from the Web for magnification

Historical Examples of magnification

  • Morely increased the magnification, to watch a few animals at a waterhole.

    Final Weapon

    Everett B. Cole

  • There is a limit, too, beyond which the magnification cannot be carried with advantage.

    The Story of the Heavens

    Robert Stawell Ball

  • But it is quite easy to increase the magnification to 10 times or more.

    Life Movements in Plants

    Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose

  • He cut the magnification again at fifty and at thirty and at ten.

    The Hate Disease

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • Now here we obtain an instance of what I mean by magnification.

British Dictionary definitions for magnification


  1. the act of magnifying or the state of being magnified
  2. the degree to which something is magnified
  3. a copy, photograph, drawing, etc, of something magnified
  4. 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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Word Origin and History for magnification


early 15c., from Late Latin magnificationem (nominative magnificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of magnificare (see magnify).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

magnification in Medicine


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