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convex (adj) (of lenses and mirrors) curved outwards.

A mirror or a lens curved outwards is convex. Convex mirrors or lenses make things appear larger than they are, and are used in the telescope and the microscope.

  • The children were amused to see their images enlarged and distorted in the convex mirror.
  • The convex lens fitted to the telescope makes distant things appear nearer by enlarging them.
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