Definition of magnification in US English:



  • 1The action or process of magnifying something or being magnified, especially visually.

    ‘visible under high magnification’
    • ‘High magnification supplemented by instrumental analysis can identify these Western modifications.’
    • ‘Over the 24-hr period of growth, GR5 ascospores germinated and formed small colonies visible without magnification.’
    • ‘This is an excellent test specimen for comparing magnification and assessing any distortion in the image field.’
    • ‘The most obvious way in which we can escape from the physical limitations of our eyes is to employ a microscope, magnifying glass, or optical telescope to improve magnification and resolution.’
    • ‘The notation of section thickness on a microscope slide informs the observer of the approximate level of magnification most suitable for examination of the tissue section.’
    • ‘Magnification was 50x and a micrometer was photographed with each roll of film to verify magnification after film processing.’
    • ‘Each virtual slide contains high and low magnifications, with the ability to change magnification or view multiple focal planes at any location on the slide, not just preselected areas.’
    • ‘It's like looking at sound under a microscope, the more magnification that is applied the more the details reveal themselves.’
    • ‘Based on J. Robert Oppenheimer's theories of quantum mechanics, as well as on Ruska's groundbreaking research, the field emission microscope allowed magnification up to two million times.’
    • ‘The angular magnification of any optical system can be obtained from the system matrix for the system.’
    • ‘The scrapings are placed directly on a microscope slide and viewed under magnification for the presence of characteristic Sarcoptes scabiei mite's eggs or faecal pellets.’
    • ‘A full-featured screen magnifier comes with many options and can reach high levels of magnification.’
    • ‘Supernova from Dolphin Software offers full screen reading in speech and Braille with integrated magnification and works on any of the supported Windows platforms.’
    • ‘The flowering time was scored when the flower bud was first visible without manipulation or magnification.’
    • ‘The thinner the tissue section is, the higher the magnification and resolution of structural detail possible.’
    • ‘While they don't pick up fine little crosshairs or even dot reticles as fast as they used to, they still appreciate good magnification and fine optics.’
    • ‘At low power magnification, entire radial stem sections were imaged and the area stained by the safranin determined relative to the total amount of xylem tissue.’
    • ‘If you could see the universe through a microscope with enough magnification to make an atom look as big as a galaxy, you would find, perhaps, that its smallest elements are not particles like electrons or quarks, but wiggly bits of string.’
    • ‘This allows one to zoom in and out, by adjusting the magnification of the image.’
    • ‘They can vary in size from needing high power magnification in order to see them to being readily recognizable on low power.’
    exaggeration, overstatement, amplification, overemphasis, overplaying, dramatization, overdramatization, colouring, embroidery, embellishment, enhancement, extravagance, inflation, hyperbole, aggrandizement
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    1. 1.1 The degree to which something is or can be magnified.
      ‘at this magnification the pixels making up the image become visible’
      • ‘What typical magnifications did 19 th-century observational astronomers use for lunar and planetary viewing?’
      • ‘Instead, a fractured edge tends to show the same degree of roughness at different magnifications.’
      • ‘In the first case, under repeated magnifications, the graph takes on the appearance of a fixed angle.’
      • ‘This permitted the use of high magnifications, leading to Huygens's discovery of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, in 1655.’
      • ‘Most rocks and minerals are transparent in slices as thin as this and can be viewed in transmitted light at various magnifications.’
      • ‘This is, basically, what the application required; the final image is the same size, but the field of view differs for differing magnifications.’
      • ‘The system includes a ring light that provides high intensity illumination at high magnifications and long working distances without light adjustment when refocusing or when zoom features are used.’
      • ‘In this way the amount of canvas filled by the pattern can be compared at different magnifications.’
      • ‘The thin sections of humus were observed under a polarizing binocular microscope at different magnifications.’
      • ‘At a modest 75-power magnification, Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.’
      • ‘The wide range of control was necessary due to the fact that as higher magnifications were used, more laser power was delivered to a smaller area, and devices were being permanently damaged.’
      • ‘They then draw three other detailed views of the flower, as if they were seeing it through a microscope under different magnifications.’
      • ‘The pixel size for all magnifications used was calibrated with a 100 lines/mm grating, which allowed for absolute distance measurements.’
      • ‘The spot sizes of photobleaching can be changed using objectives of different magnifications and numerical apertures.’
      • ‘The display altered, backing up several magnifications, then a blinking yellow light appeared at the lower edge.’
      • ‘The layer structure can then be viewed under the microscope at magnifications ranging from around 40 to 1, 000x.’
      • ‘For higher magnifications other instruments and techniques must be used.’
      • ‘Slides were mounted using glycerol - gelatin and photographed at a magnification of x79 using a Zeiss photomicroscope.’
      • ‘Using a magnification of 400 power, a typical slide contains 25,000 fields of view; perhaps 7000 of those fields contain something of interest.’
      • ‘These magnifications were chosen to discern clearly the structure of the chloroplasts, which were the main target organelles in this study.’
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    2. 1.2 The magnifying power of an instrument.
      ‘this microscope should give a magnification of about 100’
      • ‘For the scoring of micronuclei and analysis for the presence of centromeres in the MN the preparations were examined under a Leitz fluorescence microscope with 400x magnification.’
      • ‘Fungi and protozoa may be observed but the light microscope's low magnification does not provide detailed resolution of fungi and protists (which could be protozoa, slime moulds or microalgae).’
      • ‘At other times, it seems, Drebbel made and used single-lens microscopes of high magnification, comparable to Leeuwenhoek's.’
      • ‘The wide angle increases the field of view by roughly 20 percent over a standard eyepiece of the same magnification.’
      • ‘We calculated a mean of three measures for each size parameter that were done with a binocular microscope with x60 magnification.’
      • ‘Though still relying upon single lenses, Leeuwenhoek's unparalleled grinding skill produced microscopes of very high power, with magnifications ranging to 500 power.’
      • ‘My wife uses a mirror with a five-times magnification.’
      • ‘To improve on this Galileo learned how to grind and polish his own lenses and by August 1609 he had an instrument with a magnification of around eight or nine.’
      • ‘The two numbers used in description of binoculars and spotting scopes identify magnification first and objective lens size second.’
      • ‘However, the limitations of the single-lens magnifier were apparent to scientists, who labored to develop a practical system to increase microscope magnification.’
      • ‘A 10x lens coupled with that monitor, however, actually gives a system magnification of about 500x.’
      • ‘Scope magnification is six power, and the field of view is 10 feet at 100 yards.’
      • ‘Binoculars are specified by both their magnification and objective lens diameter.’
      • ‘Its binoculars' magnifications range from seven to 15 power, and all models meet U.S. military specifications for waterproofing and shock resistance.’
      • ‘The problem of variable flattening of specimens during negative staining and slight variations in the electron microscope magnification complicates the interpretation of small variations in diameter.’
      • ‘A custom-made video microscope with 200 x magnification was used for visual control of BLM formation and quality.’
      • ‘The monocular is 5cm of optical magic - x8 magnification, close focusing and fits in a shirt pocket.’
      • ‘This means that there is no point in using an eyepiece on a telescope with ever-increasing magnification, even if you are in orbit on the Space Shuttle, because the resolution any telescope can deliver is limited by the laws of physics.’
      • ‘A major university hospital recently commissioned such tests during planning and expansion to accommodate lab microscopes with 40OX magnification.’
      • ‘Reading glasses sold over-the-counter are labeled on a scale that corresponds to the degree of magnification.’
    3. 1.3 A magnified reproduction of something.
      • ‘In Berning´s latest exhibitions, various work complexes from the past decade appear alongside medializations of the masterpiece - in catalogs, in libraries, on postcards of artworks, in each case alienated by means of a magnification of the original work or a return to the creative moment of the painting.’
      • ‘That is, unlike other spontaneous-drip artists, Pollock created canvases with a single dominant pattern that is repeated, at various magnifications, throughout.’
      • ‘A projection device produces images of the master on the copy material at different magnifications.’
      • ‘This is a 4X magnification of the original image.’