• Grasshopper, slightly magnified
    Grasshopper, slightly magnified
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v magnify make large "blow up an image"
    • v magnify increase in size, volume or significance "Her terror was magnified in her mind"
    • v magnify to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Magnify To exaggerate; as, to magnify a loss or a difficulty.
    • Magnify To have effect; to be of importance or significance.
    • Magnify To have the power of causing objects to appear larger than they really are; to increase the apparent dimensions of objects; as, some lenses magnify but little.
    • Magnify To increase the importance of; to augment the esteem or respect in which one is held. "On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel."
    • Magnify To make great, or greater; to increase the dimensions of; to amplify; to enlarge, either in fact or in appearance; as, the microscope magnifies the object by a thousand diameters. "The least error in a small quantity . . . will in a great one . . . be proportionately magnified ."
    • Magnify To praise highly; to laud; to extol. "O, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • magnify To make greater; increase the size, amount, or extent of; enlarge; augment.
    • magnify To cause to appear greater; increase the apparent dimensions of; enlarge or augment to the eye: as, a convex lens magnifies the bulk of a body to the eye.
    • magnify To exalt the power, glory, or greatness of; sound the praises of; extol; glorify.
    • magnify To represent as greater than the reality; exaggerate: as, to magnify a person's deeds; to magnify the evils of one's lot.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Magnify mag′ni-fī to make great or greater: to enlarge: to cause to appear greater: to exaggerate: to praise highly
    • pa.p Magnify mag′nified
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.”
  • Jean Baudrillard
    “Boredom is like a pitiless zooming in on the epidermis of time. Every instant is dilated and magnified like the pores of the face.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.”
  • Samuel Beckett
    “How can one better magnify the Almighty than by sniggering with him at his little jokes, particularly the poorer ones.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Learn to follow counsel, serve faithfully, and magnify your calling, for God's kingdom is a kingdom of order.”
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    “The heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. magnifien, F. magnifier, L. magnificare,. See Magnific


In literature:

His irritable self-consciousness enormously magnified Elsmere's motive and Elsmere's words.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The tubercle bacilli are then easily recognized with a magnifying power of 400 to 500.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 385, May 19, 1883" by Various
On these, magnified by their convex lenses of water, we pounced.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862" by Various
O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; praise Him and magnify Him for ever.
"All Saints' Day and Other Sermons" by Charles Kingsley
Continue the experiment with the help of a hand magnifying glass or a microscope.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
You will not be able to see them, except under a magnifying glass.
"On the Seashore" by R. Cadwallader Smith
Socrates, whom all the world so much magnified, is by Lactantius and Theodoret condemned for a fool.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
I examined the walls, floor and ceiling then, with probe, hammer and magnifying glass; but found nothing suspicious.
"Carnacki, The Ghost Finder" by William Hope Hodgson
Did you ever look at any interesting object first with your natural eyes, and then through a microscope or magnifying glass?
"The Fairy Godmothers and Other Tales" by Mrs. Alfred Gatty
Now look through this magnifying glass at the web.
"Citizen Bird" by Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
How shall we be able to magnify him?
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
And all the while the dimensions of Nonnezoshe Boco magnified and its character changed.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
The magnifying power is varied by changing the lens a for another in which p has a different value.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 2" by Various
As the scale does not obtrude itself, the eye magnifies it, and the result is an imposing effect.
"The Alps" by Martin Conway
The imagination has free scope to magnify his power and invest him with all the ideal values it can conceive.
"Ethics" by John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
Samson should have endured patiently, magnifying God.
"Judges and Ruth" by Robert A. Watson
The slender fault of Mordecai is magnified into a capital offence.
"Expositor's Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther" by Walter Adeney
B, the same, more highly magnified.
"Stories of the Universe: Animal Life" by B. Lindsay
To magnify in narration, S. B.
"An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language" by John Jamieson
Scientific study has tended to that by magnifying visible conditions and by trying to calculate the force of laws which are in plain sight.
"The Greatest English Classic" by Cleland Boyd McAfee

In poetry:

Though high above all praise,
Above all blessing high,
Who would not fear His holy Name,
And laud and magnify?
"Stand Up and Bless the Lord" by James Montgomery
Arise! no more a living lie,
And with me quicken and control
Some memory that shall magnify
The universal Soul.
"Some Starlit Garden Grey With Dew" by William Ernest Henley
It flooded me with pleasure,
It pierced me like a sword,
When this young maiden sang: "My soul
Doth magnify the Lord."
"The Singing Girl" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
No God, besides the true God, own,
Serve him with care, and him alone,
Invoke him, magnify him still,
And he'll protect thee from each ill.
"Advice To A Youth" by Rees Prichard
Sometimes I long to write an ode
And magnify his name,
The man of honor, on the road
To opulence and fame,
On whom was never aid bestowed
By any helpful dame.
"Woman's Help" by Hattie Howard
And as His arm upholds the sky,
Do thou thy dumb brute body lift,
Thou, soul, to which we can descry
No like on earth--O magnify
The God of whom thou art the gift.
"To My Soul" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol

In news:

Why do the media magnify Mitt's "inevitability" mantra.
Afterward, when the surgeons held up the valve to a magnifying glass, they saw a tiny crack.
Septimo's struggles magnify Sox's bullpen inexperience .
But because the Jayhawks are who they are — a 1-4 team with six victories in their last 36 games — it's easier to place the magnifying glass over junior kicker Ron Doherty and the Jayhawks ' kicking unit.
Prison guard shortage magnified at holiday.
Secondary's problems magnified in blowout loss.
Power of the vote magnified for N. Houston roads are a money pit for motorists, report says.
It's nothing new – A-Rod's struggles getting magnified .
FILE** A magnifying glass is posed over a monitor displaying a Facebook more.
Unnerv­ing lights that picked out flaws and mag­ni­fied them ten­fold.
You'll quickly see how a little planning on our part goes a long way to magnify your adventures on and around the water.
Available in three strengths—8x, 11x and 15x—the magnified view is sharp, thanks to BaK-4 prism glass along with state-of-the-art phase, AL reflective and Emerald Fire coatings.
Prison guard shortage magnified at holiday.
I also could have mentioned using a magnifying glass to start a fire.
Is there a magnifier that fits on the syringe to make this easier to see.

In science:

However, this enhancement is due to the increase of the down-type quark-Higgs coupling, which is proportional to tan β itself, and serves only to magnify the dominance of the quark box diagrams of Fig. 1.
The Higgs Working Group: Summary Report
Both of these factors decrease the effective pixel sizes, and thus it is necessary to magnify the PSFs accordingly.
WFPC2 Stellar Photometry with HSTphot
Then Mk,I is a magnification operator of degree k , magnifying the graph of V over the interval I by the same factor in both the domain and range.
Universal Teichmuller Space
That is, by going to nuclei with extreme N/Z ratios, one can magnify the isospin-dependent terms of the effective interaction (which are small in “normal” nuclei).
Mean-Field and Pairing Properties of Exotic Nuclei: Exploring the Nuclear Landscape
One could say that the Voronoi cell V (p3 ) is so small that we cannot see it. A solution in this case could be to rescale or magnify the picture somehow until the cell V (p3 ) becomes visible.
Limits of Voronoi Diagrams
Not surprisingly, polarization measurements inherit and magnify all the contaminations by systematic effects that have plagued high precision temperature observation.
The CMB polarization: status and prospects
Eq.(7), which can be neglected for |ǫ| < 1 but can lead to an important magnifying of the amplitude of perturbations when ǫ → −∞.
On Primordial Perturbations of Test Scalar Fields
More interestingly, we note that there is a factor g in Eq.(7), which is relevant with the abrupt degree of background change and may lead to a significant magnifying of the amplitude of perturbations when |ǫ| ≫ 1.
On Primordial Perturbations of Test Scalar Fields
We magnify the event shape around √s = 0.5 TeV and we see the characteristic dip at the left base of the peak corresponding to an extra Z .
A Very Narrow Shadow Extra Z-boson at Colliders
But the large N N scattering lengths magnify this isospin-breaking to the point where it is a ∼ 10% effect in ann − app .
Working Group Summary: Chiral Dynamics in Few-Nucleon Systems
Gravitational lensing is known to magnify background submm sources in many cluster fields.
A study of the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich increment using archival SCUBA data
The Prandtl equation and its refinements take a magnifying glass approach to the difficulty involved in boundary layers.
Boundary layers and the vanishing viscosity limit for incompressible 2D flow
Due to the discrete nature of iterations, CT are not continues but discrete lines, although the density of points can be extremely high and we have to magnify them thousands of millions times to make discontinuity visible.
Beyond Chaos
The lines of a single orbit do not exhibit internal structure, they always appear as single lines even if we magnify them by several billions times.
Beyond Chaos
Note that the y-axis scale of the middle and lower graphs has been magnified in order to better appreciate lower price differences (source: Reuters).
Interest Rates After The Credit Crunch: Multiple-Curve Vanilla Derivatives and SABR