zoom lens

zoom lens
noun
a camera lens that magnifies the image
Syn: ↑telephoto lens
Hypernyms: ↑camera lens, ↑optical lens

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noun
: a camera lens in which the focal length and the image size can be varied continuously so that the image remains in focus at all times — called also varifocal lens

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(in a camera or motion-picture projector) a lens assembly whose focal length can be continuously adjusted to provide various degrees of magnification without any loss of focus, thus combining the features of wide-angle, normal, and telephoto lenses.
[1935-40]

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zoom lens noun
1. A lens of variable focal length used, eg, for bringing television, cinematographic or cine-camera pictures from distance to close-up without moving the camera
2. A similar lens used in still cameras and in microscopes
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Main Entry:zoom

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zoom lens UK US noun [countable] [singular zoom lens plural zoom lenses]
a piece of equipment that you fix to your camera so that you can take photographs of things that are very close or very far away
Thesaurus: cameras and photographic equipmenthyponym

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zoom lens,
a type of camera lens which can be adjusted from wide-angle shots down to telephoto close-ups.

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n. a lens allowing a camera to change smoothly from a long shot to a close-up or vice versa by varying the focal length

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noun, pl ⋯ lenses [count]
: a camera lens that can make the size of the image become larger and smaller : a camera lens that can zoom in or zoom out — compare telephoto lens

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ˈzoom lens [zoom lens] (also zoom) noun
a camera ↑lens that you use to make the thing that you are photographing appear nearer to you or further away from you than it really is
See also:zoom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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