Definition of magnifying glass in US English:

magnifying glass


  • A lens that produces an enlarged image, typically set in a frame with a handle and used to examine small or finely detailed things such as fingerprints, stamps, and fine print.

    • ‘He made all his observations with single lenses - in effect, with very powerful magnifying glasses.’
    • ‘We advise visitors to take magnifying glasses or, at least, reading spectacles to this event, since the drawings are minute in detail and often in poor condition.’
    • ‘You can see these dots if you shine a blue flashlight beam on the print-out and examine it closely with a magnifying glass.’
    • ‘Examining a variety of Martian rocks with drills, magnifying glasses, and a suite of high-tech sniffers, the rovers have found minerals, chemical signatures, and rocks with textures and shapes that are suggestive of a watery past.’
    • ‘We'd bake bread, climb trees, stretch out with magnifying glasses and find creatures in the lawn.’
    • ‘A magnifying glass or 10X hand lens is helpful in examining plants for the presence of mites.’
    • ‘To focus the image, move the magnifying glass closer or farther away from the candle.’
    • ‘Visitors will be able to buy stamps, first day covers, postcards and equipment ranging from albums to powerful magnifying glasses.’
    • ‘A magnifying glass enlarges things at the cost of reducing the total field of view: so, one sees more of less.’
    • ‘We discuss color usage as students examine the painting with a magnifying glass.’
    • ‘In a double convex lens, such as a magnifying glass, the light will bend when it exits as well as when it enters.’
    • ‘The nine to 11-year-olds, armed with magnifying glasses, collecting trays and fishing nets, set about capturing creatures from the water.’
    • ‘The impression here is not unlike examining a detail of a painting under a magnifying glass.’
    • ‘The exhibition consists of paintings and related books, alongside a diverse range of instruments for seeing, including magnifying glasses and binoculars.’
    • ‘Bring a packed lunch and they'll provide the magnifying glasses and bug boxes to help you see the amazing insect world up close and personal.’
    • ‘For this hike, you will need field guides and animal track guides, magnifying glasses and binoculars, and pencil and paper.’
    • ‘The service is able to provide a range of aids such as special lamps, large key telephones, magnifying glasses, ‘talking’ kettles, white canes and anti-glare glasses.’
    • ‘Like objects under a magnifying glass, to the extent and intensity that we focus on these problems, the larger and more important they seem to us.’
    • ‘You may request a magnifying glass to read the fine print.’
    • ‘The devices to aid the visually impaired also include low vision aids such as magnifying glasses and illuminated magnifying glasses for enabling partially blind persons to read.’


magnifying glass

/ˈmaɡnəˌfīiNG ˈˌɡlas//ˈmæɡnəˌfaɪɪŋ ˈˌɡlæs/