lens

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English[edit]

The lenses in bifocals bend light, distorting the appearance of the background.
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Etymology[edit]

Latin lēns (lentil).

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lens (plural lenses)

  1. An object, usually made of glass, that focuses or defocuses the light that passes through it.
    • 2013 July-August, Catherine Clabby, “Focus on Everything”, American Scientist: 
      Not long ago, it was difficult to produce photographs of tiny creatures with every part in focus. That’s because the lenses that are excellent at magnifying tiny subjects produce a narrow depth of field.
  2. A device which focuses or defocuses electron beams.
  3. (geometry) A convex shape bounded by two circular arcs, joined at their endpoints, the corresponding concave shape being a lune.
  4. (biology) A genus of the legume family; its bean.
  5. (anatomy) The transparent crystalline structure in the eye.
    • 2013 July-August, Fenella Saunders, “Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture”, American Scientist: 
      The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.
  6. (by extension, figuratively) A way of looking, literally or figuratively, at something.
    • 2004 April 11, Ann Hulbert, "Are the Kids All Right?", in The New York Times Magazine, page 11:
      If "the public looks at the condition of America's children largely through a negative lens," worries Child Trends [] , "it may be more difficult to [] promote child well-being."

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lens (third-person singular simple present lenses, present participle lensing, simple past and past participle lensed)

  1. (transitive) To film, shoot.
  2. (geology) To become thinner towards the edges.

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lens n

  1. genitive singular indefinite of len
  2. genitive plural indefinite of len

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lens c (plural lenzen, diminutive lensje n)

  1. (optics) optical lens
  2. crystalline lens in the eye
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lens m (plural lenzen, diminutive lensje n)

  1. harpoon

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lens c (plural lenzen, diminutive lensje n)

  1. alternative form of luns

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lens (comparative lenzer, superlative meest lens or lenst)

  1. empty
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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a Proto-Indo-European root shared by German Linse and Ancient Greek λάθυρος (láthuros) (lathuros).

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lēns f (genitive lentis); third declension

  1. A lentil bean.

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Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative lēns lentēs
genitive lentis lentum
dative lentī lentibus
accusative lentem lentēs
ablative lente lentibus
vocative lēns lentēs

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lēns f (genitive lendis); third declension

  1. nit (egg of a louse)

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lens (definite accusative lensi, plural lensler)

  1. contact lens

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