magnifying glass


a lens that produces an enlarged image of an object.

Compare hand lens.

Origin of magnifying glass

First recorded in 1655–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for magnifying glass

Historical Examples of magnifying glass

  • 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



a convex lens used to produce an enlarged image of an object
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