Definition of magnification in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmaɡnəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/


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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Syllabification: mag·ni·fi·ca·tion

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