One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Shaped like a lentil, especially by being biconvex.‘lenticular lenses’
- ‘In the sky some lenticular high-level clouds were suspended over the dark brooding Warren Range, about 60 kilometers away from our camp on the other side of the Mulock Glacier.’
- ‘The origin of the lenticular sandstone dykelets is more problematic.’
- ‘The berries in the most derived clade are all morphologically similar, with two carpels, axile placentation and mostly lenticular seeds.’
- ‘This lenticular shape is less able to resist torsion but does resist bending quite well, as long as the force hits it on the narrow edge.’
- ‘Thanks to lenticular lenses, the figures disappeared like ghosts when the photographs were viewed from certain angles, suggesting the mutability of memory.’
2Relating to the lens of the eye.
- ‘In 1912, a WD was described as a familial syndrome of progressive lenticular degeneration associated with cirrhosis of the liver.’
- ‘Case sheet folios 16 and 40 make it amply clear that at least two cases of lenticular cataract were operated on September 7 and September 18, in the ‘presence of His Highness’.’
- ‘On the patient's return from the war, an optician had confirmed the lenticular foreign body.’
- ‘When the lens is distorted, you have lenticular astigmatism.’
Late Middle English: from Latin lenticularis, from lenticula, diminutive of lens, lent- ‘lentil’.
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