binocular

adjective
bin·​oc·​u·​lar | \ bī-ˈnä-kyə-lər How to pronounce binocular (audio) , bə-\

Definition of binocular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

binocular

noun
bin·​oc·​u·​lar | \ bə-ˈnä-kyə-lər How to pronounce binocular (audio) , bī-\

Definition of binocular (Entry 2 of 2)

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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Other Words from binocular

Adjective

binocularity \ (ˌ)bī-​ˌnä-​kyə-​ˈler-​ə-​tē How to pronounce binocularity (audio) , -​ˈla-​rə-​ , bə-​ \ noun
binocularly \ bī-​ˈnä-​kyə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce binocularly (audio) , bə-​ \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While, Wall-E, a less advanced robot model doesn’t have the aid of a digital screen, his binocular-esque lenses move up and down, independently in a way that reminiscent of Chaplin’s eyebrow work. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Wall-E' References That Need to Be Revisited," 27 June 2018 The two images will alternate in a never-ending dance because of what neuroscientists call binocular rivalry. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "What Is Consciousness?," 8 May 2018 Using a binocular-like device and a technique called visual rivalry, the researchers also showed participants two photos simultaneously, one in each eye. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "Smile! Wrinkles Around Our Eyes Make Us Appear More Sincere," 12 June 2018 While Davis kept the binocular lens trained on the fighters, Hedegard filmed the duel. David Caraccio, sacbee, "This epic snake-vs.-roadrunner battle was caught on camera in the wild," 22 Mar. 2018 Their eyes are sufficiently wide, large and mobile to allow binocular vision. Jonathan Balcombe, Scientific American, "Fishes Use Problem-Solving and Invent Tools," 1 May 2017 Evolution has given the human body some remarkable features and abilities — a powerful brain, a pair of eyes for binocular vision, the ability to heal wounds, and so on. David Freeman /, NBC News, "10 top science minds tell what strange new body part they'd like to have," 28 Jan. 2018 Another program at Thorn Creek Nature Center offers kids the chance to impress their friends with their birding smarts and binocular savvy. Daily Southtown, "Learn to bird at Thorn Creek programs," 15 Dec. 2017 As darkness sets in on Friday, January 15, binocular and telescope users can easily hunt down the planet Uranus sitting perched above the moon. National Geographic, "This Week’s Night Sky: Distant Giants Pose With the Moon," 11 Jan. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Actress Salma Hayek stared through opera binoculars at the stage from her balcony seat, as a surreal arthouse film was projected on the stage. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior and Gucci theatrically kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 Inside an observation post atop a roof, a soldier scanned the horizon through binoculars. Sarah El Deeb, Fox News, "US forces in Syria seen setting up new front-line positions," 4 Apr. 2018 But the Crab Nebula, produced by an exploding star, was incredibly bright and visible even through low-powered binoculars. National Geographic, "The Giant Squid Nebula and More Animals of the Cosmos," 20 Mar. 2018 There are three people in black raincoats, looking at my property through binoculars and taking notes. Benny L. Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Condo management slaps resident with penalty over petty parking issue. Can he fight back?," 31 Jan. 2018 New types of optical glass developed for their microscopes also led the company to branch out into telescopes, projectors, binoculars, and photographic lenses. Allain Daigle, The Atlantic, "How the 50-mm Lens Became ‘Normal’," 13 May 2018 This photo shows a set of small binoculars believed to have been carried by President Abraham Lincoln on the night he was assassinated at Ford's Theatre, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 in New Orleans. Fox News, "New Orleans gallery acquires Lincoln opera glasses," 28 Sep. 2018 For this reason, it is suggested that viewers look from the darkest locations possible and use binoculars. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How To See The Christmas Comet Before It's Too Late," 17 Dec. 2018 But for a closer, more detailed look, here are some binoculars to consider. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "How to Watch the December 2018 Geminid Meteor Shower," 10 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of binocular

Adjective

1679, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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binocular

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of binocular

: involving or designed for both eyes

binocular

adjective
bin·​oc·​u·​lar | \ bī-ˈnä-kyə-lər How to pronounce binocular (audio) , bə-\

Kids Definition of binocular

: involving or designed for both eyes

binocular

adjective
bin·​oc·​u·​lar | \ bī-ˈnäk-yə-lər, bə- How to pronounce binocular (audio) \

Medical Definition of binocular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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binocularly \ bī-​ˈnäk-​yə-​lər-​lē, bə-​ How to pronounce binocularly (audio) \ adverb

binocular

noun
bin·​oc·​u·​lar | \ bə-ˈnäk-yə-lər, bī- How to pronounce binocular (audio) \

Medical Definition of binocular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a binocular optical instrument

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