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lense (plural lenses)

  1. Misspelling of lens.
    • 1911, Motography, volume 5, issue 6, page 176:
      When a lense is described as of 4 inch focus, it means that such a lens is capable of bringing parallel rays to a point at a distance of 4 inches from the lens.
    • 2015, Steve Rutherford, How to Photograph Landscapes like a Pro →ISBN
      Basically, a beam of light passing through a lens parallel to the optical axis converges to form a focused image on the film. Spherical aberration is the term for an optical fault caused by the spherical form of a lense that produces different []
  2. (proscribed) Alternative spelling of lens

Usage notes[edit]

  • Lense is accepted as an alternative spelling by Webster's Third New International Dictionary, but proscribed as a misspelling by Garner's Modern American Usage, Paul Brians’ Common Errors in English Usage, Robert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English and others.


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

  1. Misspelling of lens.
  2. (proscribed) Alternative spelling of lens