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Magnification   /mˌægnəfəkˈeɪʃən/   Listen

The act of expanding something in apparent size.
The ratio of the size of an image to the size of the object.
Making to seem more important than it really is.  Synonyms: exaggeration, overstatement.
A photographic print that has been enlarged.  Synonyms: blowup, enlargement.

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"Magnification" Quotes from Famous Books

... physical stimuli. And meaning exists only with reference to a context, which is excluded by any scheme which identifies knowledge with a combination of sense-impressions. The theory, so far as educationally applied, led either to a magnification of mere physical excitations or else to a mere heaping up of ...
— Democracy and Education • John Dewey

... and woman knew big water. No racing stroke did they make in advance of the wave. The captain inwardly applauded as he saw them turn and face the wave and wait for it. It was a picture that of all on the beach he alone saw, wonderfully distinct and vivid in the magnification of the binoculars. The wall of the wave was truly a wall, mounting, ever mounting, and thinning, far up, to a transparency of the colours of the setting sun shooting athwart all the green and blue of it. The green thinned to lighter green that merged blue even as he looked. But it was a blue gem-brilliant ...
— On the Makaloa Mat/Island Tales • Jack London

... and clothing, were fantastic (I saw advertisements of stout, all-leather boots for rent to responsible persons by the day or week), but articles of a purely luxurious character could be had for almost anything one was willing to offer. In one shop I was shown German field-glasses of high magnification and the finest makes for ten and fifteen dollars a pair. The local jewelers were driving a brisk trade with the Italian soldiers, who were lavish purchasers of Austrian war medals and decorations. Captain Tron bought an Iron Cross of the second class for ...
— The New Frontiers of Freedom from the Alps to the AEgean • Edward Alexander Powell

... German state. That is the vicious term in the German syllogism. The state can do no wrong: therefore the individual acting for the state can do no wrong. The one supreme end sanctioned by divine authority is the endurance and the magnification of the German state. Whatever a German may do or cause to be done with this holy end in view is not merely just and reasonable, but necessary and praiseworthy. Hence there follows, naturally, the ...
— The World Decision • Robert Herrick

... which is provided with an easily slipping sleeve, terminating in a diaphragm which cuts out the light entering the outside rim of the lens. This sleeve may be pushed out for one or two centimeters, and the particular spot under examination isolated from the adjacent parts without undue magnification. It is one of the popular fallacies that a high magnifying power is desirable in all cases of difficulty, but usually the reverse is the case in ...
— Disputed Handwriting • Jerome B. Lavay

Words linked to "Magnification" :   pic, deception, overstatement, magnify, expansion, ratio, deceit, photo, picture, misrepresentation, understatement, exposure, photograph

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