lens

noun
\ ˈlenz How to pronounce lens (audio) \

Definition of lens

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 2)

transitive verb

: to make a motion picture of : film

Other Words from lens

Noun

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

Examples of lens in a Sentence

Noun Make sure the lens of the microscope is clean.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Suspenseful and timely, Lanchester's work is a compelling read of modern sociological issues seen through an affecting lens only the best fiction can achieve. Robert English, EW.com, 17 Sep. 2022 Here is a truism of our political discourse that is not widely enough recognized: The right thinks in terms of morals, while the left tends to see matters through an economic lens. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 6 Sep. 2022 The new campaign was shot and directed by Alasdair McLellan, who captured each subject through an intimate lens in front of solid backdrops. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 31 Aug. 2022 The district has begun developing a plan to directly address the resolution, and later this year, Kyrene will begin a review of all policies with an equity lens to ensure commitment to inclusion is consistent throughout its practices, Helm said. Renata Cló, The Arizona Republic, 24 Aug. 2022 Filtering corporate and social goals through an ESG lens can attract investors and other important stakeholders, which allows companies to align their purpose with their profitability. Naveen Bhateja, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 The Pixel 6a features an 8MP lens with an f/2.0 aperture. PCMAG, 2 Aug. 2022 Diversionary’s 37th mainstage season features four plays and musicals that deal with family dynamics and legacy through an LGBTQ lens. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 July 2022 Ninety years later, the house is paying tribute to Chanel’s game-changing collection, which effectively viewed jewelry through an haute-couture lens. Laurie Brookins, Robb Report, 13 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Fold 4 has three rear-facing sensors: a 50MP wide-angle, a 12MP ultra-wide, and a 10MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. Will Greenwald, PCMAG, 11 Aug. 2022 Applying a human-centric, business design lens to how organizations operate can ensure that change initiatives are successful. Billy Seabrook, Fortune, 11 June 2022 By the 1960s, telephoto lens cameras with 16- and 35-millimeter film became the main means in which to study the lock. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, 29 Mar. 2022 The camera system is the big sell, with a 50-MP wide, a 50-MP ultrawide, and an exciting 64-MP periscope telephoto lens for getting some great zoom shots. Adam Speight, Wired, 28 Feb. 2022 The series, which is believed to be the first show to lens in the lush Faroe Islands, was previously pitched at the Berlinale Co-Pro Series market in 2019. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 28 Jan. 2022 Our business lens on the world stands out even more these days with so much noise and distraction seeping into our lives via screens on wrists, walls and phones. . . . Elliot Kaufman, WSJ, 26 Jan. 2022 Nikon is adding a big telephoto lens to its mirrorless Z system. Jim Fisher, PCMAG, 19 Jan. 2022 Our business lens on the world stands out even more these days with so much noise and distraction seeping into our lives via screens on wrists, walls and phones. Almar Latour, WSJ, 15 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for lens

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 lens (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

Lens geographical name

\ ˈläⁿs How to pronounce Lens (audio) \

Definition of Lens

commune in northern France southwest of Lille population 35,032

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