magnifier

noun
mag·​ni·​fi·​er | \ ˈmag-nə-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce magnifier (audio) \

Definition of magnifier

: one that magnifies especially : a lens or combination of lenses that makes something appear larger

Examples of magnifier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The faint magnification, predicted by the theory of general relativity, can provide insights into the passing magnifier. Nola Taylor Redd, Smithsonian Magazine, "How NASA’s New Telescope Will Help Astronomers Discover Free-Floating Worlds," 30 Sep. 2020 In response, accessory-makers offered up all kinds of crazy add-ons, from booklight-like gadgets that shone light onto the screen to bulky screen magnifiers with bulbs and batteries in them. Brendan Nystedt, Wired, "Retro Hackers Are Building a Better Nintendo Game Boy," 10 June 2020 If magnification is needed, several optic manufacturers offer quality 3-power magnifiers that will greatly extend your AR pistols usability at distance. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, "7 Things You Need to Know Before Buying an AR Pistol," 16 Apr. 2020 In the proper mount, these magnifiers can be flipped to the side or removed when not needed. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, "7 Things You Need to Know Before Buying an AR Pistol," 16 Apr. 2020 The artwork is then inspected under normal white light – often with the aid of a magnifier – to determine the surface characteristics of the artist’s technique. Gerard De Kamper, Quartz Africa, "The rising popularity of African art has led to a growing market for forgeries," 23 Oct. 2019 Basic kits generally include collecting nets, specimen containers, tweezers, magnifiers, and insect guides. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Milkweed offers great learning activity for kids," 10 Aug. 2019 The emissions crisis is indeed either a lens or a magnifier for everything major issue in the United States. Amy Westervelt, The New Republic, "Jay Inslee Would Like Your Attention, Please," 26 June 2019 So the gravitational fields of galaxy clusters bend light, acting like a magnifier of the galaxies behind them. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "This glowing ring of light is from a distant galaxy," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of magnifier

1550, in the meaning defined above

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“Magnifier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnifier. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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