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    1. n.
    2. glass (general term). Mei te io te areare, clear (transparent) as glass; io areare, clear glass (as opposed to io popoiri, clouded or frosted glass); Kua ngaangaa te kapu io. The glass bowl is broken;
    3. lens, and various instruments containing a lens, or glass, e.g. telescope, magnifying glass, sextant (io ra), X-ray machine (io maki), looking box (for viewing sea-floor) (io turama), mirror (io akaata). Kua ngaa te io i tetai mata i tona titia. One of the lens in his glasses is cracked; Te akara nei au na roto i te io, e oroenua muramura tei mua. Im looking through the telescope now, there’s a sorrel-coloured horse in the lead; Kare e taka meitaki tena manumanu me akara mata ua koe, ei io roa. You won’t be able to make out that insect properly with your bare eyes, you need a magnifying glass; Ko te io ra tena a te rangatira. That’s the captain’s sextant; Kua aka-angaanga aia i te io maki. He operated the X-ray machine; No ai tena io akaata? Whose mirror is that?
    4. pupil (of the eye). Ko te io i tona mata katau tei kino. The pupil of his right eye has been damaged.
    5. (-a, -ia). View through telescope and other optical instruments (cf. 1
    6. above), X-ray sbdy. E pai taku e io nei. I’ve got my telescope trained on a ship; Kare e mea i kitea i toku ioanga mua. I didn’t see a thing when I first looked through the telescope; Te io ra te rangatira pai i te ra. The skipper is taking a reading on the sun; Aere ki te taote kia io ia koe. Go to the doctor and get an X-ray done; Kavea mai tena tangata maki kia ioia. Bring that patient along to be X-rayed; Kua ioia tona umauma. Her chest was X-rayed. (See taio.)

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