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Convex mirrors make things look smaller and farther away than they are.
  angled or curving outward
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  • Convex mirrors make things look smaller and farther away than they are.
  • Light passing through a convex lens converges at the focal point.
  • Borromini altered convex and concave surfaces to create the illusion of movement.
  • Of what use is genius, if the organ is too convex or too concave and cannot find a focal distance within the actual horizon of human life?
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, Second Series

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  • Behind my half-head, in the center of the picture, in the empty sky, a pier glass is hanging, convex and encircled by an ornate frame.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • It was soft and convex, and it drew in items placed on top of it.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • For ANGELICA’S use, from Uncle Bilbo, on a round convex mirror.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Then with an expression of interest he laid down his cigarette, and carrying the cane to the window, he looked over it again with a convex lens.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Orr studied Yossarian over his shoulder, his moist lips drawn back around convex rows of large buck teeth.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • [*] The knife, which is shaped like a crescent, that cuts with the convex side, falls from a less height, and that is all the difference.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • This august hump, if I mistake not, rises over one of the larger vertebrae, and is, therefore, in some sort, the outer convex mould of it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • A very great number of streets which are now convex were then sunken causeways.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They reached a convex stone door, which Jarsha pushed open.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • As it was the cabin looked excitingly purposeful, with large video screens ranged over the control and guidance system panels on the concave wall, and long banks of computers set into the convex wall.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • He had coarse features, a blunt nose, a convex and receding brow, tumid and protruded lips.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • But everything concave about Buddy had suddenly turned convex.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • Hester looked by way of humouring the child; and she saw that, owing to the peculiar effect of this convex mirror, the scarlet letter was represented in exaggerated and gigantic proportions, so as to be greatly the most prominent feature of her appearance.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • On this he drew Sokos’hard weapon from his flesh and through his convex shield.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Remembered was the superior quality of the’ plano-convex’ bricks used in the construction of the fortifications.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Our prison strong, this huge convex of fire, Outrageous to devour, immures us round Ninefold; and gates of burning adamant, Barred over us, prohibit all egress.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The good armourers—the best lived at Warrington, and still live near there—were careful to make all the forward or entering sides of their suits convex, so that the spear point glanced off them.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Grave Gladstone sees him level, Bloom for Bloom. he passes, struck by the stare of truculent Wellington, but in the convex mirror grin unstruck the bonham eyes and fatchuck cheekchops of Jollypoldy the rixdix doldy.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • So she used to rub away at them with her little convex iron, to polish them, till they shone from the sheer pressure of her arm.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Along the walls stood chairs with lyre-shaped backs, bought by the late general on his campaign in Poland; in one corner was a little bedstead under a muslin canopy beside an iron-clamped chest with a convex lid.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • The thatched roofs, like fur caps drawn over eyes, reach down over about a third of the low windows, whose coarse convex glasses have knots in the middle like the bottoms of bottles.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • If I turn my head so that the white wings framing my face direct my vision towards it, I can see it as I go down the stairs, round, convex, a pier glass, like the eye of a fish, and myself in it like a distorted shadow, a parody of something, some fairy-tale figure in a red cloak, descending towards a moment of carelessness that is the same as danger.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • LIX The city of Wintoncester, that fine old city, aforetime capital of Wessex, lay amidst its convex and concave downlands in all the brightness and warmth of a July morning.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • With a quick motion of his hand he flipped the dough onto a convex frame covered with rags, held by a fourth man.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Their organs of sight must be too convex!
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • He realized that one wall of the pit was convex and made of some hard substance.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • In that convex fish-eye image, I saw eyes, a nose, cheekbones, lips …. My brain tried to juggle and rearrange the parts to come up with a face and a name.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • He stared at the ceiling light fixture, which was vaguely visible—and only visible at all because the convex disk of glass was lightly frosted with moonglow.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • It’s impossible to tell exactly what he’s looking at because of his goggles, a smooth convex shell over the eyes, interrupted by a narrow horizontal slit.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • In the lining of my sleeve were found all the court cards essential in ecarte, and, in the pockets of my wrapper, a number of packs, facsimiles of those used at our sittings, with the single exception that mine were of the species called, technically, arrondees; the honours being slightly convex at the ends, the lower cards slightly convex at the sides.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • …centre of the crowd, The impassive stones that receive and return so many echoes, What groans of over-fed or half-starv’d who fall sunstruck or in fits, What exclamations of women taken suddenly who hurry home and give birth to babes, What living and buried speech is always vibrating here, what howls restrain’d by decorum, Arrests of criminals, slights, adulterous offers made, acceptances, rejections with convex lips, I mind them or the show or resonance of them—I come and I depart.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • When William was growing up, the family moved from the Bottoms to a house on the brow of the hill, commanding a view of the valley, which spread out like a convex cockle-shell, or a clamp-shell, before it.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • They keep a Whale’s Rib of an incredible length for a Miracle, which lying upon the Ground with its convex part uppermost, makes an Arch, the Head of which cannot be reached by a Man upon a Camel’s Back.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • An ancient haggadah book in which a pair of hornrimmed convex spectacles inserted marked the passage of thanksgiving in the ritual prayers for Pessach (Passover): a photocard of the Queen’s Hotel, Ennis, proprietor, Rudolph Bloom: an envelope addressed: To My Dear Son Leopold.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Mean while upon the firm opacous globe Of this round world, whose first convex divides The luminous inferiour orbs, enclosed From Chaos, and the inroad of Darkness old, Satan alighted walks: A globe far off It seemed, now seems a boundless continent Dark, waste, and wild, under the frown of Night Starless exposed, and ever-threatening storms Of Chaos blustering round, inclement sky; Save on that side which from the wall of Heaven, Though distant far, some small reflection gains Of…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • In the lining of my sleeve were found all the court cards essential in ecarte, and, in the pockets of my wrapper, a number of packs, facsimiles of those used at our sittings, with the single exception that mine were of the species called, technically, arrondees; the honours being slightly convex at the ends, the lower cards slightly convex at the sides.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • I spend a long time over Van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Marriage, going over the inadequate color print of it in my textbook with a magnifying glass; what fascinates me is not the two delicate, pallid, shoulderless hand-holding figures, but the pier glass on the wall behind them, which reflects in its convex surface not only their backs but two other people who aren’t in the main picture at all.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Again, God said, Let there be firmament Amid the waters, and let it divide The waters from the waters; and God made The firmament, expanse of liquid, pure, Transparent, elemental air, diffused In circuit to the uttermost convex Of this great round; partition firm and sure, The waters underneath from those above Dividing: for as earth, so he the world Built on circumfluous waters calm, in wide Crystalline ocean, and the loud misrule Of Chaos far removed; lest fierce extremes Contiguous…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The knife, which is shaped like a crescent, that cuts with the convex side, falls from a less height, and that is all the difference.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • MC Escher’s drawing "Concave and Convex" experiments with perspective and perception.
  • His theory is like an impression of hers; concave where her thoughts are convex and vice versa.
  • A triangle is always a convex polygon because it contains all the line segments connecting any pair of its points. That is not necessarily true of a quadrilateral which could have a caved side.
  • This august hump, if I mistake not, rises over one of the larger vertebrae, and is, therefore, in some sort, the outer convex mould of it.
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick LXVIII-CXXXIV
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