magnification

noun
mag·​ni·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ˌmag-nə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

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

called also power

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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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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 How can a person look in a 10-times magnification mirror, with glasses on, before going out to a lunch-bunch party then return and glance at the same mirror, still with glasses on, and see a single whisker on one’s chin or a zit on one’s nose? Marcy Meffert, San Antonio Express-News, "It’s not you; it’s the Twilight Zone and your pills," 22 June 2018 Idaho Power posted a video to their Facebook page demonstrating the magnification power of a bottle of water. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "WATCH: Here’s the Reason You Should Never Leave A Bottle of Water in Your Car," 22 June 2018 Although invisible to the eye, the logo can be spotted easily under magnification, and will serve as a mark of quality and assurance, De Beers said. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "De Beers Group plans sales of laboratory-grown diamonds to U.S. consumers," 29 May 2018 Yellow boxed region is shown at higher magnification. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Robots are able to grow human organs for the first time thanks to UW researchers," 22 May 2018 At this level of magnification, the researchers were able to discern novel details about the building blocks of our bodily framework: our bones, which comprise mineral crystallites and spiraling strands of the protein collagen called fibrils. Angus Chen, Scientific American, "Core Strength: Extreme “Close Ups” May Help Explain Why Our Bones Are So Strong," 3 May 2018

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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 \

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

called also power

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