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

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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 Trump is a promoter and a magnifier of the forces that led to the victory of the Brexit side in the referendum. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Trump Triggers a Health-Care Panic in the U.K., but Brexit Is the Real Threat," 5 June 2019 Penn often wore a headband magnifier when doing precision work. Lesley M. M. Blume, WSJ, "Master Photographer Irving Penn’s First Major Painting Exhibition: An Exclusive Look," 6 Sep. 2018 Better lighting, stronger reading glasses and perhaps a low-power magnifier may be enough to return a patient with moderate visual loss to reading and other activities. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Ask the Expert: Macular degeneration can lead to difficulty reading, recognizing faces and performing other fine tasks," 17 Apr. 2018 Text selection borrows an iOS feature with a new text magnifier. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Hands-on with Android P—Is this the beginning of a new design language?," 9 Mar. 2018 Adults are one-fiftieth of an inch long so typically most people will need a magnifier to see them., "What to do when cuckoopint invades your garden: Ask an expert," 1 Feb. 2018 Sunglasses, smoked glass, unfiltered telescopes or magnifiers, and polarizing filters are unsafe. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "How will you know if the total eclipse damaged your eyes? Here are symptoms.," 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of magnifier

1550, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of magnifier was in 1550

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