lens

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noun \ˈlenz\

: a clear curved piece of glass or plastic that is used in eyeglasses, cameras, telescopes, etc., to make things look clearer, smaller, or bigger

: the clear part of the eye that focuses light to form clear images

Full Definition of LENS

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a :  a piece of transparent material (as glass) that has two opposite regular surfaces either both curved or one curved and the other plane and that is used either singly or combined in an optical instrument for forming an image by focusing rays of light
b :  a combination of two or more simple lenses
c :  a piece of glass or plastic used (as in safety goggles or sunglasses) to protect the eye
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:  a device for directing or focusing radiation other than light (as sound waves, radio microwaves, or electrons)
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:  something shaped like a biconvex optical lens <lens of sandstone>
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:  a highly transparent biconvex lens-shaped or nearly spherical body in the eye that focuses light rays (as upon the retina) — see eye illustration
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:  something that facilitates and influences perception, comprehension, or evaluation <viewing the current legal battle … through partisan lensesNew Republic>
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lensed \ˈlenzd\ adjective
lens·less \ˈlenz-ləs\ adjective

Examples of LENS

  1. Make sure the lens of the microscope is clean.

Origin of LENS

New Latin lent-, lens, from Latin, lentil; from its shape
First Known Use: 1673

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Rhymes with LENS

2lens

verb

Definition of LENS

transitive verb
:  to make a motion picture of :  film

First Known Use of LENS

1942

Lens

geographical name \ˈläⁿs\

Definition of LENS

city N France SW of Lille pop 36,192

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