Other forms: magnifications

Magnification is the process of making an object appear much larger than it really is. You might use magnification to inspect a rare penny, or even a zit. You decide.

Some small objects, like cells, require magnification to be seen at all. Other things, like distant planets, are so far away that you need the magnification of a telescope to get a good look at them. Binoculars use magnification so you can see the details of birds close-up, and reading glasses use magnification for reading small print. Magnification comes from the Latin word magnificare, "esteem greatly" or "make much of."

Definitions of magnification
  1. noun
    the act of expanding something in apparent size
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    type of:
    enlargement, expansion
    the act of increasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope
  2. noun
    the ratio of the size of an image to the size of the object
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    the relative magnitudes of two quantities (usually expressed as a quotient)
  3. noun
    making to seem more important than it really is
    synonyms: exaggeration, overstatement
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    a statement that is restrained in ironic contrast to what might have been said
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    deceit, deception, misrepresentation
    a misleading falsehood
  4. noun
    a photographic print that has been enlarged
    synonyms: blowup, enlargement
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    exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture
    a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material
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