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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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