burning glass

a converging lens used to produce heat or ignite substances by focusing the sun's rays.
Also called sunglass.
[1560-70]

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  • burning glass — n. a convex lens for focusing the sun s rays so as to produce heat or set fire to something …   English World dictionary

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  • burning glass — lens of glass which causes combustion by focusing the sun s rays …   English contemporary dictionary

  • burning-glass — burnˈing glass noun A convex lens concentrating the sun s rays at its focus to produce fire or heat • • • Main Entry: ↑burn …   Useful english dictionary

  • burning-glass — noun /ˈbəːnɪŋɡlɑːs/ A magnifying lens, as used to focus sunlight on to an object …   Wiktionary

  • burning glass — noun a lens for concentrating the sun s rays on an object so as to set fire to it …   English new terms dictionary

  • burning-glass — n. Convex lens …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • burning-glass — /ˈbɜnɪŋ glas/ (say berning glahs) noun a convex lens used to produce heat or ignite substances by focusing the sun s rays …   Australian English dictionary

  • burning glass — noun : a positive lens for producing intense heat by converging the sun s rays approximately to the principal focus of the lens the point of convergence being a very small image of the sun …   Useful english dictionary

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