lens

noun
\ ˈlenz How to pronounce lens (audio) \

Definition of lens

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a piece of transparent material (such 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
2 : a device for directing or focusing radiation other than light (such as sound waves, radio microwaves, or electrons)
3 : something shaped like a biconvex optical lens lens of sandstone
4 : a highly transparent biconvex lens-shaped or nearly spherical body in the eye that focuses light rays (as upon the retina) — see eye illustration
5 : something that facilitates and influences perception, comprehension, or evaluation viewing the current legal battle … through partisan lensesNew Republic

lens

verb
lensed; lensing; lenses

Definition of lens (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make a motion picture of : film

Lens

geographical name
\ ˈläⁿs How to pronounce Lens (audio) \

Definition of Lens (Entry 3 of 3)

commune in northern France southwest of Lille population 35,032

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Other Words from lens

Noun

lensed \ ˈlenzd How to pronounce lensed (audio) \ adjective
lensless \ ˈlenz-​ləs How to pronounce lensless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lens in a Sentence

Noun

Make sure the lens of the microscope is clean.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Girls is also — like many recent stories about the Manson family, fictional and otherwise — a refracting lens for the stories of the Manson girls, which are also told in movies like the 2019 film Charlie Says. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "How the Manson family became a pop culture trope," 8 Aug. 2019 Real estate offers a unique lens through which to learn about a person. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property Newsletter: Hollywood through a lens," 3 Aug. 2019 Still, Helfrich emphasized the need for coaches and players to see everything through a big-picture lens. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "6 things we learned from Bears coordinators, including how Chuck Pagano feels blessed with this defense," 2 Aug. 2019 City officials who all know each other in such a small community are under a much, much smaller lens, Wilkinson said. Natalie Hanson, The Mercury News, "Small-town serenity sets Biggs apart in Northern California ‘housing catastrophe’," 29 July 2019 The committees are only required to submit monthly reports but through a Q2 lens — April to June — the DCCC out fundraised the NRCC by about $10 million, $29.2 million to the NRCC's $19.4 million. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: An early look at which Democrats qualify for the 3rd debate," 22 July 2019 The lens of this story is the Panero family: Leopoldo Panero (1909-62), considered the poet laureate of the Franco regime, his wife and three sons. Rigoberto González, latimes.com, "Spanish literature animates the ghosts of its embattled history," 5 July 2019 The electronic lens warmer is a strap that heats up with low power voltage making sure your camera is ready to fire photos no matter the conditions. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What It Looked Like to Watch the World's Most Powerful Rocket Launch," 25 June 2019 But these snapshots of refugee life—seen through the lens of the rich world—are limited, misleading, even self-serving. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "A storyteller chronicles the mass migrations that define our age," 17 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Each photographer on this list is already quite prolific, shooting magazine covers, releasing coffee table books, and lensing major ad campaigns. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Black Fashion Photographers to Follow on Instagram," 7 Aug. 2018 Check out the full collection, modeled by Kardashian and lensed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott below. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Just Released $90 Sunglasses and They’re Good," 5 Apr. 2019 Tanja capped off her royal meeting with a quick photoshoot lensed by Edwards, a surreal experience for her. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Camilla Surprised Her Biggest Fan in the Sweetest Way Possible," 13 May 2019 Working with an obviously low budget, debut helmer Ramsay stages the occasionally gory proceedings cleanly and efficiently, aided by Alexander Alexandrov's impressive widescreen lensing and Chris Westlake's suitably tense musical score. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Midnighters': Film Review," 1 Mar. 2018 Hadid noted that shooting this calendar was much different than her first time appearing in Pirelli's 2015 calendar lensed by Steven Meisel. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Talks Success and Loneliness for the 2019 Pirelli Calendar," 26 July 2018 Andreas Laszlo Konrath will lens the endeavor, which will star Camille Rowe alongside Carmelo Anthony, photographer Glen Luchford, and tattoo artist Alex McWatt. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George Cheers on William at Father's Day Polo Match," 16 June 2014 However, what's really caught our eye is the fact that the empowering images lensed by Mayan Toledano show Lourdes unapologetically flaunting her armpit hair. Kristin Corpuz, Teen Vogue, "Lourdes Leon Shows Off Body Hair In New Converse x MadeMe Campaign," 21 May 2018 Richard Avedon lensed her five Vogue covers, in all of which the model is heavily accessorized with big jewelry and, in one case, a silver tinsel wig. Vogue, "Catching Up With Renée Toft Simonsen, “Face of the ’80s” Modeling Contest Winner and 5-Time Vogue Cover Girl," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lens

Noun

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lens

Noun

New Latin lent-, lens, from Latin, lentil; from its shape

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lens

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lens

: 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

lens

noun
\ ˈlenz How to pronounce lens (audio) \

Kids Definition of lens

1 : a clear curved piece of material (as glass) used to bend the rays of light to form an image
2 : a clear part of the eye behind the pupil and iris that focuses rays of light on the retina to form clear images

lens

noun
variants: also lense \ ˈlenz How to pronounce lense (audio) \

Medical Definition of lens

1 : a curved piece of glass or plastic used singly or combined in eyeglasses or an optical instrument (as a microscope) for forming an image by focusing rays of light
2 : a device for directing or focusing radiation other than light (as sound waves, radio microwaves, or electrons)
3 : a highly transparent biconvex lens-shaped or nearly spherical body in the eye that focuses light rays entering the eye typically onto the retina, lies immediately behind the pupil, is made up of slender curved rod-shaped ectodermal cells in concentric lamellae surrounded by a tenuous mesoblastic capsule, and alters its focal length by becoming more or less spherical in response to the action of the ciliary muscle on a peripheral suspensory ligament

Other Words from lens

lensed adjective
lensless adjective

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