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English noun: lens

1. lens (artifact) a transparent optical device used to converge or diverge transmitted light and to form images


Synonymslens system, lense


Broader (hypernym)optical device


Narrower (hyponym)anastigmat, anastigmatic lens, camera lens, compound lens, concave lens, condenser, contact, contact lens, converging lens, convex lens, crown lens, diverging lens, eyeglass, eyepiece, field lens, Fresnel lens, intraocular lens, meniscus, monocle, object glass, object lens, objective, objective lens, ocular, optical condenser, optical lens


Part meronymoptical instrument

2. Lens (plant) genus of small erect or climbing herbs with pinnate leaves and small inconspicuous white flowers and small flattened pods: lentils


Synonymsgenus Lens


Broader (hypernym)rosid dicot genus


Member meronymPapilionoideae, subfamily Papilionoideae

3. lens (communication) (metaphor) a channel through which something can be seen or understood


SamplesThe writer is the lens through which history can be seen.


Broader (hypernym)channel, communication channel, line


Domain usagefigure, figure of speech, image, trope

4. lens (body) biconvex transparent body situated behind the iris in the eye; its role (along with the cornea) is to focuses light on the retina


Synonymscrystalline lens, lens of the eye


Broader (hypernym)organ


Part holonymcortex, lens capsule, lens cortex


Part meronymeye, oculus, optic

5. lens (artifact) electronic equipment that uses a magnetic or electric field in order to focus a beam of electrons


Synonymselectron lens


Broader (hypernym)electronic equipment









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