• WordNet 3.6
    • n magnification the act of expanding something in apparent size
    • n magnification a photographic print that has been enlarged
    • n magnification making to seem more important than it really is
    • n magnification the ratio of the size of an image to the size of the object
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: French astronomer Adrien Auzout had once considered building a telescope that was 1,000 feet long in the 1600s. He thought the magnification would be so great, he would see animals on the moon
    • n Magnification The act of magnifying; enlargement; exaggeration.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n magnification The act of magnifying, or the state of being magnified or enlarged, as by a lens.
    • n magnification In microscopy, specifically, increase of visual power in respect of penetration as well as superficial enlargement, thus contrasting with amplification.
    • n magnification The act of magnifying or extolling.
    • n magnification In the theory of optical images, the ratio f/x or x′ /f′ , where f is the focal length of the object-space of the optical system and x the distance of the object from the principal focal plane of that space, or where f′ and x′ are the corresponding quantities in the image-space.
    • n magnification In mathematics, in conformal representation, the modulus of the derivative
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Magnification act of magnifying: increase of visual power in penetration as well as enlargement
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. magnificāremagnus, great, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

The disease supplies in itself the material for self-magnification.
"The Lair of the White Worm" by Bram Stoker
The magnification enabled me to see partially into the shadows.
"The Land of Footprints" by Stewart Edward White
The figure 3 had been changed to 5 so cunningly is to deceive the eye, but not to deceive the vast magnification of the crystal.
"The Sleuth of St. James's Square" by Melville Davisson Post
The magnification is eight diameters, so that the squares are here each two-thirds of an inch in diameter.
"The Red Thumb Mark" by R. Austin Freeman
Now here we obtain an instance of what I mean by magnification.
"Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XIX, No. 470, Jan. 3, 1885" by Various
Why should mere accumulation, reiteration, and magnification make the difference?
"Prose Fancies (Second Series)" by Richard Le Gallienne
We don't know about the magnification, but the diminution is most remarkable.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, March 14, 1917" by Various
The magnification is too low to show the smaller blood vessels.
"Disease and Its Causes" by William Thomas Councilman
Mere magnification will not do it.
"The Law and the Word" by Thomas Troward
I'm going to step up the magnification, slowly, so that you can be sure there's no substitution.
"Time Crime" by H. Beam Piper

In poetry:

Ah! why does Mary sometimes sigh,
Surveying this magnific scene;
The seats of Grandeur tow'ring high,
With Rivers, Groves, and Lawns between?
"Love's Triumph" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
And yet I am the lord of all, And this brave world magnifical,
Veiled in so variable a mist
It may be rose or amethyst,
Demands me for the lord of all!
"Haschisch" by Arthur Symons

In news:

Air gage offers adjustable magnification with single- or dual-master capability.
All projectors offer a large viewing screen capable of displaying an enlarged profile image of features on the part at an exact optical magnification.
It offers the highest level of measuring speed and the lowest vibration, which allows for consistent high magnification measurements.
(sea gooseberry) larva Technique: Differential Interference Contrast Magnification: 500x.
Coral sand Technique: Brightfield Magnification: 100x.
Senate's Goldman Probe Shows Toxic Magnification .
The Clear Choice over Thermal Imaging for Long-Range, High- Magnification Night Vision Perim.
The Open Half Frame fits over prescription glasses, safety glasses or laser safety glasses and offers 2.5X and 3.5X magnification.
As Quinlan put it, "If we're going to give away an ultra- accurate varmint rifle, we'd better equip it with a high-quality, high-magnification scope.".
This is an amoeba under a microscope at 400x magnification.
Patrons who will occupy the Center's 12,000 lawn seats can count on high-definition viewing courtesy of the three Panasonic AK-HC1500G multi-format 1080i/720p HD point-of-view cameras that are used for image magnification.
Diamonds are graded under 10x magnification (a jeweler's loupe), and are classified according to the following scale.
Task-Vision Laser Safety Glasses from Vision USA Laser Safety Glasses and Magnification are available in polycarbonate, glass and thin dielectric filter glass.
1 magnification and produces minimal distortion.
"Folding" light again and again provides a lot of magnification in a small space.

In science:

Aspheric departure scales ∝ Diameter × (f/#)-3. 2) Optical magnification will be greater, and the sensitivity to displacement errors in positioning of the secondary mirror will be unfavorable. 3) More curvature means more dispersion in s and p polarization due to angle of incidence range.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
To help users with macular degeneration and those with MCI, one suggestion was to have mouse-over magnification of the display.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
The overall effective focal length of the Cassegrain is related to the system magnification, which depends on the secondary distance from the primary (see for example ).
Terahertz photometer to observe solar flares in continuum
Owing to the magnification and propagation nature of software defects, effective defect management deems to be an elementary and significant activity during software development .
An Analytical Approach for Project Managers in Effective Defect Management in Software Process
Let graph G = (V , E ) be an (n, d, c) − magnif ier and H its extended double cover.
Concentration properties of semi-vertex transitive graphs and random bi-coset graphs