len·​tic·​u·​lar | \ len-ˈti-kyə-lər How to pronounce lenticular (audio) \

Definition of lenticular

1 : having the shape of a double-convex lens
2 : of or relating to a lens
3 : provided with or utilizing lenticules a lenticular screen

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Lentil-shaped-that's the meaning of lenticularis, the Latin word that gave us lenticular. It's an appropriate predecessor because a double-convex lens is one that is curved on both sides, giving it a shape similar to that of a lentil. English speakers borrowed the Latin term, adapting it to lenticular, in the 15th century. Lenticularis, in turn, derives from lenticula, which is the source of the English word lentil and a diminutive of the Latin form lent-, lens, meaning "lentil." You probably won't be too surprised to learn that lent-, lens also gave English the word lens.

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Otherworldly looking lenticular clouds resemble stacks of giant disks rising in the sky. Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic, "Clouds, explained," 24 Apr. 2019 Nieto’s wry and playful lenticular photos and installation pieces examine the mystical power of childhood beliefs, find links between faith and magical thinking, and blend pop culture and religious ritual. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Meet six talented art-school grads," 27 Apr. 2018 Spaceship clouds: Large, oval lenticular clouds that look like spaceships form over mountain peaks, indicating high wind on ridges in the moment, and often snow in two days. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Nature’s fortune-tellers predicted wild weather for Memorial Day weekend," 28 May 2018 Jannard told me that there is a special layer underneath the LCD display which, when enabled, is able to direct light in multiple directions instead of the standard two that happen with lenticular displays. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Hands-on with the RED Hydrogen One, a wildly ambitious smartphone," 20 May 2018 To the southwest, a huge spaceship-like lenticular cloud loomed over the Trinity Divide. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Joining the ‘5 Percent Club’ at Mount Shasta," 22 Feb. 2018 Remember, lenticular clouds almost exclusively are near large mountain ranges, where gravity waves result from air rushing up and over steep terrain. Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "Pic of the week: Asperitas clouds over the Alps resemble a Van Gogh masterpiece," 3 Nov. 2017 If the air temperature cools enough to condense the water vapor in it, a lenticular cloud may appear. Kathryn Prociv, Washington Post, "Pic of the week: Red sky in the morning is a sailor’s warning," 20 Oct. 2017 Typically, pieces of wood that have been cut to resemble ax blades now serve as flat supports for everything from actual antique watches and keys to lenticular images of planets and stars. Mike Guiliano, Columbia Flier, "Artists who really fill the galleries at HCC," 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of lenticular

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lenticular

Middle English, from Latin lenticularis lentil-shaped, from lenticula lentil

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len·​tic·​u·​lar | \ len-ˈtik-yə-lər How to pronounce lenticular (audio) \

Medical Definition of lenticular

1 : having the shape of a double-convex lens
2 : of or relating to a lens especially of the eye
3 : relating to or being the lentiform nucleus of the brain

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