Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

magnifying glass

See more synonyms for magnifying glass on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. a lens that produces an enlarged image of an object.
Show More
Compare hand lens.

Origin of magnifying glass

First recorded in 1655–65
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for magnifying glass

Historical Examples

  • She had a magnifying-glass on one side of her and a crystal ball on the other.

    The Twelfth Hour

    Ada Leverson

  • Now look at one of them carefully through this magnifying-glass.

  • You might put that magnifying-glass down just for one moment, and pay attention!

    A Likely Story

    William De Morgan

  • Hanaud took his magnifying-glass from his pocket and bent his head over the cushion.

    At the Villa Rose

    A. E. W. Mason

  • He was examining a piece of china with a magnifying-glass when I entered.

    Thomas Hardy's Dorset

    Robert Thurston Hopkins


British Dictionary definitions for magnifying glass

magnifying glass

magnifier

noun
  1. a convex lens used to produce an enlarged image of an object
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012