Definition of magnification in English:

magnification

Syllabification: mag·ni·fi·ca·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌmagnəfiˈkāSHən
 
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noun

  • 1The action or process of magnifying something or being magnified, especially visually: visible under high magnification
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    • Magnification was 50x and a micrometer was photographed with each roll of film to verify magnification after film processing.
    • Each virtual slide contains high and low magnifications, with the ability to change magnification or view multiple focal planes at any location on the slide, not just preselected areas.
    • Based on J. Robert Oppenheimer's theories of quantum mechanics, as well as on Ruska's groundbreaking research, the field emission microscope allowed magnification up to two million times.
  • 1.1The degree to which something is or can be magnified: at this magnification the pixels making up the image become visible
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    • The system includes a ring light that provides high intensity illumination at high magnifications and long working distances without light adjustment when refocusing or when zoom features are used.
    • The pixel size for all magnifications used was calibrated with a 100 lines/mm grating, which allowed for absolute distance measurements.
    • The spot sizes of photobleaching can be changed using objectives of different magnifications and numerical apertures.
  • 1.2The magnifying power of an instrument: this microscope should give a magnification of about 100
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    • Though still relying upon single lenses, Leeuwenhoek's unparalleled grinding skill produced microscopes of very high power, with magnifications ranging to 500 power.
    • To improve on this Galileo learned how to grind and polish his own lenses and by August 1609 he had an instrument with a magnification of around eight or nine.
    • Scope magnification is six power, and the field of view is 10 feet at 100 yards.
  • 1.3A magnified reproduction of something.
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    • This is a 4X magnification of the original image.
    • In Berning´s latest exhibitions, various work complexes from the past decade appear alongside medializations of the masterpiece - in catalogs, in libraries, on postcards of artworks, in each case alienated by means of a magnification of the original work or a return to the creative moment of the painting.
    • That is, unlike other spontaneous-drip artists, Pollock created canvases with a single dominant pattern that is repeated, at various magnifications, throughout.

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