magnification

noun
mag·​ni·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌmag-nə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce magnification (audio) \

Definition of magnification

1 : the act of magnifying
2a : the state of being magnified
b : the apparent enlargement of an object by an optical instrument

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Examples of magnification in a Sentence

We used a microscope to examine the cells under magnification. At higher magnifications the differences between the cells become clear.

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Using laser technology, Lightbox inscribes the interior of each diamond with its geometric logo, visible only under magnification. Oliver Griffin, WSJ, "Diamond Mines Are Drying Up. Are Lab-Grown Gems the Answer?," 26 Sep. 2018 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 Stocks with long focal lengths have an area of high magnification, a smaller angle of view, and fewer things in focus. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Stock Picking Is Like Time Travel," 13 Jan. 2019 It is designed specifically for solar observation, and the 20mm eyepiece provides 18 times magnification. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Gear You'll Need to Watch This Summer's Solar Eclipse," 30 June 2017 The left side is split into 2X and 3X magnification for nabbing tricky brow hairs and getting eyeliner just right. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "9 Vanity Mirrors With Lights to Buy on Amazon if You're Leo Who Loves Looking at Yourself," 8 Aug. 2018 Wilson flips through higher magnification lenses, then focuses on a series of tiny ridges of the frame until the remnants of their machining look like the brush strokes of Chinese calligraphy. Adam Fisher, WIRED, "A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns," 10 July 2018 This new model reaches from 24mm to 200mm equivalent, providing a huge magnification. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Sony’s RX100 VI adds a long zoom lens to the best compact camera," 5 June 2018 Filmmakers use high-magnification macro lenses, which focus on objects extremely close to the camera, rather than telephoto lenses, which focus on objects far away. Matt Jancer, Outside Online, "Turn Your Phone into a Pro Adventure Movie Maker," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of magnification

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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magnification

noun

English Language Learners Definition of magnification

: the act of making something look larger than it is : the act of magnifying something
: the larger appearance of an object when it is seen through a microscope, telescope, etc.

magnification

noun
mag·​ni·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌmag-nə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce magnification (audio) \

Medical Definition of magnification

1 : the act of magnifying
2a : the state of being magnified
b : the apparent enlargement of an object by an optical instrument that is the ratio of the dimensions of an image formed by the instrument to the corresponding dimensions of the object

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