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Lens vs. Mirror — What's the Difference?

Lens vs. Mirror — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Lens and Mirror

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Lens

A ground or molded piece of glass, plastic, or other transparent material with opposite surfaces either or both of which are curved, by means of which light rays are refracted so that they converge or diverge to form an image.
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Mirror

A mirror is an object that reflects an image. Light that bounces off a mirror will show an image of whatever is in front of it, when focused through the lens of the eye or a camera.
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Lens

A combination of two or more such pieces, sometimes with other optical devices such as prisms, used to form an image for viewing or photographing.Also called compound lens.
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Mirror

A surface, typically of glass coated with a metal amalgam, which reflects a clear image
He checked his appearance in the mirror
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Lens

A thin piece of glass or plastic, as on a pair of sunglasses, that transmits light without refraction.
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Mirror

(of a surface) show a reflection of
The clear water mirrored the sky
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Lens

A device or phenomenon (such as a gravitational field) that causes light or other radiation to converge or diverge by an action analogous to that of a lens.
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Mirror

A surface capable of reflecting sufficient undiffused light to form an image of an object placed in front of it. Also called looking glass.
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Lens

A transparent, biconvex structure in the eye of a vertebrate or cephalopod that is located between the iris and the vitreous humor and focuses light rays entering through the pupil to form an image on the retina.
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Mirror

Something that faithfully reflects or gives a true picture of something else.
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Lens

A similar structure in many invertebrates.
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Mirror

Something worthy of imitation.
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Lens

(Informal)To make a photograph or movie of.
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Mirror

To reflect in or as if in a mirror
"The city mirrors many of the greatest moments of Western culture" (Olivier Bernier).
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Lens

To bend or distort (light, for example) by means of a lens, especially a gravitational field.
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Mirror

A smooth surface, usually made of glass with reflective material painted on the underside, that reflects light so as to give an image of what is in front of it.
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Lens

An object, usually made of glass, that focuses or defocuses the light that passes through it.
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Mirror

(figuratively) An object, person, or event that reflects or gives a picture of another.
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Lens

A device which focuses or defocuses electron beams.
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Mirror

A disk, website or other resource that contains replicated data.
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Lens

(geometry) A convex shape bounded by two circular arcs, joined at their endpoints, the corresponding concave shape being a lune.
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Mirror

A mirror carp.
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Lens

(biology) A genus of the legume family; its bean.
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Mirror

(historical) A kind of political self-help book, advising kings, princes, etc. on how to behave.
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Lens

(anatomy) The transparent crystalline structure in the eye.
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Mirror

(transitive) Of an event, activity, behaviour, etc, to be identical to; to be a copy of.
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Lens

(earth science) A body of rock, ice, or water shaped like a convex lens.
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Mirror

To create something identical to (a web site, etc.).
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Lens

(programming) A construct used in statically-typed functional programming languages to access nested data structures.
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Mirror

(transitive) To reflect, as in a mirror.
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Lens

A way of looking, literally or figuratively, at something.
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Mirror

A looking-glass or a speculum; any glass or polished substance that forms images by the reflection of rays of light.
And in her hand she held a mirror bright,Wherein her face she often viewèd fair.
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Lens

To film, shoot.
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Mirror

That which gives a true representation, or in which a true image may be seen; hence, a pattern; an exemplar.
She is mirour of all courtesy.
O goddess, heavenly bright,Mirror of grace and majesty divine.
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Lens

(geology) To become thinner towards the edges.
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Mirror

See Speculum.
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Lens

A piece of glass, or other transparent substance, ground with two opposite regular surfaces, either both curved, or one curved and the other plane, and commonly used, either singly or combined, in optical instruments, for changing the direction of rays of light, and thus magnifying objects, or otherwise modifying vision. In practice, the curved surfaces are usually spherical, though rarely cylindrical, or of some other figure.
Oct 10, 2021

Mirror

To reflect, as in a mirror.
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Lens

A transparent optical device used to converge or diverge transmitted light and to form images
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Mirror

To copy or duplicate; to mimic or imitate; as, the files at Project Gutenberg were mirrored on several other ftp sites around the world.
Oct 10, 2021

Lens

Genus of small erect or climbing herbs with pinnate leaves and small inconspicuous white flowers and small flattened pods: lentils
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Mirror

To have a close resemblance to; as, his opinions often mirrored those of his wife.
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Lens

(metaphor) a channel through which something can be seen or understood;
The writer is the lens through which history can be seen
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Mirror

Polished surface that forms images by reflecting light
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Lens

Biconvex transparent body situated behind the iris in the eye; it focuses light waves on the retina
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Mirror

A faithful depiction or reflection;
The best mirror is an old friend
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Lens

Electronic equipment that uses a magnetic or electric field in order to focus a beam of electrons
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Mirror

Reflect as if in a mirror;
The smallest pond at night mirrors the firmament above
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Mirror

Reflect or resemble;
The plane crash in Milan mirrored the attack in the World Trade Center
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