bifocal

adjective
bi·fo·cal | \ˈbī-ˌfō-kəl \

Definition of bifocal 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having two focal lengths

2 : having one part that corrects for near vision and one for distant vision a bifocal eyeglass lens

bifocal

noun

Definition of bifocal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 bifocals plural : eyeglasses with bifocal lenses

2 : a bifocal glass or lens

Examples of bifocal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Adair wore his bifocal sunglasses and a navy blue baseball cap. Jeff Maysh, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Cop Who Became a Robber," 22 Aug. 2017 Each time, my cloudy natural lens was replaced with an artificial, bifocal one. Gayle Carline, Orange County Register, "What a Day: Blinded by the light, and the eye doctor," 6 Jan. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the film, Khan blames Kirk for the death of his wife and seeks to destroy the Enterprise’s enterprising leader, who’s now a Starfleet admiral contemplating bifocals. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "William Shatner returns to San Antonio for ‘Wrath of Khan’ Q&A at the Tobin Center," 19 June 2018 Even so, in the Wayne County of the future, silver hair and bifocals will proliferate. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan is aging faster than the rest of the U.S. – here's why," 8 June 2018 Besides his contribution to science, Franklin is known for inventing the Franklin stove, bifocals and the glass armonica, Davis said. Rosemarie Dowell, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Professor who portrays Founding Father Ben Franklin says, 'He was really cool'," 31 Jan. 2018 But the days of popping reading glasses on and off or constantly shifting your gaze through bifocals may be numbered. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "These “Smart Glasses” Adjust To Your Vision Automatically," 9 Feb. 2017 Strumming a shiny acoustic guitar, the winsome memaw launches into her parody rendition, weaving hearing aids, retirement, RVs, bifocals and more into the three-minute lyrical journey. Southern Living, "90-Year-Old Grandma Turns a Patsy Cline Classic into a Brilliant Ode to Aging," 12 Oct. 2017 Mr. Marshall, a soft-spoken, professorial man with a salt-and-pepper beard and bifocals hanging around his neck, doesn’t carry himself like a firebrand. Randy Kennedy, New York Times, "Kerry James Marshall, Boldly Repainting Art History," 9 Sep. 2016 But the days of popping reading glasses on and off or constantly shifting your gaze through bifocals may be numbered. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "These “Smart Glasses” Adjust To Your Vision Automatically," 9 Feb. 2017 This scene—though nowhere captured in the familiar imagery of Franklin flying his kite and inventing bifocals—was, in its day, as significant as that of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "We Could Have Been Canada," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of bifocal

Adjective

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bifocal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bifocal

of eyeglasses : divided into two parts that help a person to see things that are nearby and things that are far away

bifocal

adjective
bi·fo·cal | \(ˈ)bī-ˈfō-kəl \

Medical Definition of bifocal 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having two focal lengths

2 : having one part that corrects for near vision and one for distant vision a bifocal eyeglass lens

bifocal

noun

Medical Definition of bifocal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a bifocal glass or lens

2 bifocals plural : eyeglasses with bifocal lenses

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