from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A lens or combination of lenses that enlarges the image of an object.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An instrument made of convex glass, used to magnify.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A single convex lens which magnifies the apparent dimensions of objects seen through it, and is used to produce an enlarged image.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In optics, a convex lens: so called because objects seen through it have their apparent dimensions increased.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. light microscope consisting of a single convex lens that is used to produce an enlarged image
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At another time hot-house grapes are sent, or the messenger bears toys for the children, or a magnifying glass to assist Clare in his observations in entomolgy, or books, or “three numbers of Cobbett's penny trash, which Mr. Clare may keep.”
Put the magnifying glass on the table — ah, Mme. Mondor?
We had failed to see the clause in the ten-million-word agreement printed in type so small we needed a magnifying glass to read it.
With her heart racing, she pulled out her magnifying glass and began scrutinising the lines.
An old movie poster—John Barry-more as Sherlock Holmes—hung nearby a newer one—Basil Rathbone, dressed in the close-fitting ear flapped cap known as the deerslayer, and a long gray traveling cape, a magnifying glass held up before his face.
His magnifying glass and evidence envelopes went everywhere with him, but the tin box containing powders, brush, and insufflator created unnecessary bulk in the pockets, unless he anticipated needing it.
He began working with a magnifying glass during his lunch-breaks as a gardener.
With the magnifying glass the faint smudge at the top became legible: Vinlanda Insula a Byarno repa et Leipho socijs.
She held her magnifying glass over it, and read:. and to my most beloved brother Philip, I adjure him to send ships to Scotland to take possession of the prince my son, and bring him to safety.