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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These small mites are invisible unless at least 10x magnification is used. oregonlive.com, "Ask an Expert: What’s the best fertilizer for tomatoes?," 26 July 2019 Making the ball as small as possible so that all points on it are closer to the focus doesn’t make an appreciable difference at all since the magnification factor remains the same. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Is Infinity Real?’," 30 June 2016 Walnut shells, however, are made of a dense tissue in which individual cells and their shapes are difficult to discern, even under high magnification. Ian Randall, Science | AAAS, "Why walnuts are such tough nuts to crack," 3 Sep. 2019 The EpiPens then move along a conveyor belt while inspectors look at the devices under magnification. Bloomberg News, oregonlive, "What’s behind the persistent shortage of lifesaving EpiPens?," 23 Aug. 2019 Cordes’ idea adapts the pulsar-lens theory, only in this case, an FRB doesn’t need to be in a binary system for the magnification to take place, Main said. Quanta Magazine, "Ultra-Powerful Radio Bursts May Be Getting a Cosmic Boost," 10 Oct. 2017 The images in the resulting nickel film look holographic and can be viewed using a microscope capable of 1000x magnification—a technology that has been available for hundreds of years. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A Crashed Israeli Lunar Lander Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon," 5 Aug. 2019 With magnifications of up to 10,000 percent, Dickerman's portraits reveal the nicks and scrapes on faces that have weathered years of transactions. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (July 28): The Money Issue," 25 July 2019 Otherwise, steer clear of any telescopes under about $200, especially department store fare that tout their magnification capabilities above all else. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Telescopes To Get Started in Stargazing," 1 Aug. 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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