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

Now imagine experiencing even a handful of these things while telephoto lenses are trained on you and millions of strangers are scanning you for signs of the slightest new flaw. Glamour, "Let's Stop Clicking on Stories About Celebrities' Post-Baby Bodies," 6 May 2019 Even long familiar faces reveal new angles when seen through camp’s lens. Vogue, "Gaultier’s Muse Tanel Bedrossiantz Is the King of Runway Camp," 2 May 2019 Don’t forget some slim shady colored lenses to transform any Coachella look. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "What to Pack for Coachella, According to Influencers," 11 Apr. 2019 Their photographer began snapping a few pictures of them in the hotel room to commemorate the occasion before pausing to switch lenses. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'American Idol' Stars Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner Are Engaged," 25 Mar. 2019 The two had a brief interaction talking about contact lenses in the hallways of GMA at 4 a.m., and the rest is history. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Kathie Lee Gifford and Her Late Husband Frank Went Through It All Together," 22 Mar. 2019 In her 2006 book Analyzing Oppression, Boston University philosopher Ann Cudd takes an even broader social lens on these arguments. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump, and the chilling power of sexual violence," 3 Oct. 2018 Fashion is a lens through which our culture measures value. Lauren Chan, Glamour, "Here's What Gaining Weight Taught Me About the Power of Clothing," 5 Apr. 2019 In between your eyes and the screen are magnification lenses that make what the user sees look like a big screen TV up close, according to Zarak Afridi, director of strategic partnerships for IrisVision. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The crux of the hunt for the first stars is looking for stars that have been gravitationally lensed. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The James Webb Telescope Could Find the Very First Stars," 25 Apr. 2018 Barton Perreira Carnaby 55 Champagne with Lavender Mirror lenses sunglasses. Melissa Magsaysay, latimes.com, "Make a strong personal statement with these bold sunglasses for spring," 5 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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