(noun, verb)


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

Similar word(s): lense

Definition categories: man–made

2. genus of small erect or climbing herbs with pinnate leaves and small noticeable white flowers and small flattened pods: lentils

Definition categories: plant

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

- the writer is the lens through which history can be seen

Definition categories: communication, channel, line

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

Definition categories: body, organ

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

Definition categories: man–made


1. (transitive) To film, shoot.

2. (geology) To become thinner towards the edges.