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

called also power

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The telephoto camera is easily one of the best available, producing unrivalled shots at 4x magnification in good and medium light, with very little quality drop-off compared to the main camera, which is rare. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 The polycarbonate frame is all the rage with lenses available up to 3x magnification. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, 1 Nov. 2021 Players try to guess what their teammate is silently mouthing from behind a large magnification window. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2021 Additionally, the preview window now includes a list of magnification factors so users can zoom in easily and judge the fine detail of an image. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Apple for some reason did away with the beloved magnification loup and replaced it with a scheme that simply was less useful. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 21 Sep. 2021 The instinct is magnification, a zeroing-in on key plot moments and characters. Darren Franich, EW.com, 4 May 2021 The magnification loupe for text cursor selection is coming back. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 2 Sep. 2021 Any pair of binoculars with 7x or 10x magnification will give you excellent views of its four Galilean moons—Ganymede, Europa, Callisto and Io. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of magnification

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Nov 2021

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“Magnification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnification. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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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

called also power

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