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magnification (n.)

early 15c., magnificacioun, "act or state of making larger," from Old French magnificacion and directly from Late Latin magnificationem (nominative magnificatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of magnificare "esteem greatly, extol, make much of," from magnificus "great, elevated, noble," literally "doing great deeds," from magnus "great" (from PIE root *meg- "great") + combining form of facere "to make, to do" (from PIE root *dhe- "to set, put"). 

updated on May 25, 2022

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Definitions of magnification from WordNet

magnification (n.)
the act of expanding something in apparent size;
magnification (n.)
the ratio of the size of an image to the size of the object;
magnification (n.)
making to seem more important than it really is;
magnification (n.)
a photographic print that has been enlarged;
Synonyms: enlargement / blowup
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