hand lens

noun

Definition of hand lens

: a magnifying glass to be held in the hand

Examples of hand lens in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Culex pipiens —and take a look at it under a microscope or a powerful hand lens. Daisy Alioto, The New York Review of Books, "Plagues and Pandemics: Further Reading," 27 Mar. 2020 Occasionally, one of them would cradle it in one palm and bring a hand lens to it with the other, inspecting the carnivorous plant that was their bounty. Marion Renault, New York Times, "This Carnivorous Plant Invaded New York. That May Be Its Only Hope.," 13 Aug. 2019 The city’s old concrete yields everything from tiny specimens demanding close inspection with a hand lens to a gigantic cliff fern almost 6 feet across. Irene Wanner, The Seattle Times, "In Oliver Sacks’ final book, the writer’s signature charm and self-effacing kindness shine through one last time," 19 May 2019 Using a combination of powerful microscopes, hand lenses, and 3D reconstructions, the researchers looked for tell-tale signs of deliberate cutting on the cow skull. Roni Dengler, Science | AAAS, "Prehistoric humans may have practiced brain surgery on cows," 19 Apr. 2018

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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“Hand lens.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hand%20lens. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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