zoom lens

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noun
  1. (in a camera or motion-picture projector) a lens assembly whose focal length can be continuously adjusted to provide various degrees of magnification without any loss of focus, thus combining the features of wide-angle, normal, and telephoto lenses.

Origin of zoom lens

First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for zoom lens

zoom lens

noun
  1. a lens system that allows the focal length of a camera lens to be varied continuously without altering the sharpness of the imageSee also telephoto lens
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