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Definition of lens noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a curved piece of glass or plastic that makes things look larger, smaller, or clearer when you look through it a pair of glasses with tinted lenses a camera with an adjustable lens a lens cap/cover see also fisheye lens, telephoto lens, wide-angle lens, zoom lens
  2. 2(informal) = contact lens Have you got your lenses in?
  3. 3(anatomy) the transparent part of the eye, behind the pupil, that focuses light so that you can see clearly
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