In geometry, a lens is a biconvex (convex-convex) shape comprising two circular arcs, joined at their endpoints. If the arcs have equal radii, it is called a symmetric lens, otherwise is an asymmetric lens. A concave-convex shape is called a lune. The Vesica piscis is one form of a symmetrical lens; the term is also used for lenses generally.
In common usage, the term lens is also used to describe the shape of a three-dimensional object obtained by rotating a two-dimensional lens about its narrow axis of symmetry. Such a shape is described as lenticular and is most commonly used for focussing and dispersement of electromagnetic radiation.
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