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

n the act of expanding something in apparent size

Type of:
enlargement, expansion
the act of increasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope

n the ratio of the size of an image to the size of the object

Type of:
the relative magnitudes of two quantities (usually expressed as a quotient)

n making to seem more important than it really is

exaggeration, overstatement
a statement that is restrained in ironic contrast to what might have been said
Type of:
deceit, deception, misrepresentation
a misleading falsehood

n a photographic print that has been enlarged

blowup, enlargement
Type of:
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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