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binocular

adjective bin·oc·u·lar \ bī-ˈnä-kyə-lər , bə- \
|Updated on: 8 Jun 2018

Definition of binocular

: of, relating to, using, or adapted to the use of both eyes

binocularity

play \(ˌ)bī-ˌnä-kyə-ˈler-ə-tē, -ˈla-rə-, bə-\ noun

binocularly

play \bī-ˈnä-kyə-lər-lē, bə-\ adverb

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First Known Use of binocular

1679

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binocular

noun bin·oc·u·lar \ bə-ˈnä-kyə-lər , bī- \

Definition of binocular

1 : a binocular optical instrument
2 : a handheld optical instrument composed of two telescopes and a focusing device and usually having prisms to increase magnifying ability usually used in plural

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First Known Use of binocular

1861

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BINOCULAR Defined for English Language Learners

binocular

Definition of binocular for English Language Learners

  • : involving or designed for both eyes


BINOCULAR Defined for Kids

binocular

adjective bin·oc·u·lar \ bī-ˈnä-kyə-lər , bə- \

Definition of binocular for Students

: involving or designed for both eyes

Medical Dictionary

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binocular

adjective bin·oc·u·lar \ bī-ˈnäk-yə-lər, bə- \

medical Definition of binocular

: of, relating to, using, or adapted to the use of both eyes
  • binocular vision
  • a binocular microscope

binocularly

play \bī-ˈnäk-yə-lər-lē, bə-\ adverb

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binocular

noun bin·oc·u·lar \ bə-ˈnäk-yə-lər, bī- \

medical Definition of binocular

: a binocular optical instrument


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