🔍- left-pointing magnifying glass emoji

or left-pointing magnifying glass emoji or right-pointing magnifying glass emoji or magnifying glass tilted left or right

[left] or [rahyt-poin-ting

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What does 🔍 and 🔎 mean?

The left or right-pointing magnifying glass is used to suggest things like inquiry, curiosity, searching online, detective work, or just taking a closer look at something.

Related words:

  • 🕵 detective emoji
  • 👁 eye emoji
  • 🔬 microscope emoji
Examples of 🔍- left-pointing magnifying glass emoji


Examples of 🔍- left-pointing magnifying glass emoji
Spot the difference. 🔎7 #pasericat
@paseri021, May, 2018  
Solve the mystery and win a Dino medal this festive period at the Dinosaur Museum [...] 🔍🦕🏅
@visit_dorset, December, 2017
Robert Mueller is the most powerful man in the world, nobody elected him, he's totally unaccountable, and this doesn't bother Democrats or the media at all because he's not investigating Russian interference in the election, he's going after Trump. #StoppingRobertMueller 🚫 🔎
@STL_Blonde, May, 2018
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Where does 🔍- left-pointing magnifying glass emoji come from?

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There are two magnifying glass emoji depicting the kind of handheld magnifying glass associated with Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Gadget, or little boys burning ants. One points left, 🔍, and the other, right, 🔎.

Both were approved in 2010 under Unicode 6.0 and have caused frustration ever since:

You raise some important questions, @theburiedlife. But, the two magnifying glass emoji aren’t just for style.

Because the emoji is often used as a search icon or to signpost content, its orientation can be meaningful. Some place it before 🔎 the object of interest, such as a link or image. Others place it 🔍 after a comment, like a punctuation mark. The left-tilting version, though, may precede content in languages written right to left, like Arabic.

Yet others make absolutely no distinction between the two, using whichever they get to first on their keyboard. Together, the two emoji can bookend content for emphasis: 🔎Look! 🔍.

Across platforms, the magnifying glass emoji are mostly uniform, showing a clear or light blue-lensed magnifying glass with a gray handle, wood-colored on Google and red on Microsoft.

Who uses 🔍- left-pointing magnifying glass emoji ?

The left- or right-pointing magnifying glass is used for a wide-ranging sense of “inspection.” This can include an up-close-and-personal look at a topic or zoomed-in view of an object.

The magnifying glass emoji can also convey exploration and scientific inquiry.

The magnifying glass emoji can stand for “searching,” such as job hunting or finding more information about an item online.

The magnifying glass gets used for real detective work, investigations, or espionage … too.

…and their many fictional forms, especially Sherlock Holmes and mystery novels.

Finally, the magnifying glass emoji sometimes gets used for metaphorical looks.

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