binocular

1 of 2

adjective

bin·​oc·​u·​lar bī-ˈnä-kyə-lər How to pronounce binocular (audio)
bə-
: of, relating to, using, or adapted to the use of both eyes
binocularity noun
binocularly adverb

binocular

2 of 2

noun

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

Examples of binocular in a Sentence

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Adjective
This proximity means Jupiter and Uranus will both fit in the same binocular view. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 19 Apr. 2024 Additionally, do not look at the sun through a camera lens, telescope or binocular while wearing eclipse glasses and viewers, the agency said. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 5 Apr. 2024
Noun
Visitors to Yellowstone National Park are seen looking for wildlife through binoculars in the Lamar Valley area of Yellowstone National Park, Thursday, June 13, 2024, near Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo. Matthew Brown, arkansasonline.com, 16 June 2024 The Devil Comet probably won't be visible to the naked eye, but a good set of binoculars or a backyard telescope should suffice for observation. Tiffany Acosta, The Arizona Republic, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for binocular 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1679, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of binocular was in 1679

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“Binocular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/binocular. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

binocular

1 of 2 adjective
bin·​oc·​u·​lar bī-ˈnäk-yə-lər How to pronounce binocular (audio)
bə-
: of, relating to, using, or adapted to the use of both eyes
binocular vision

binocular

2 of 2 noun
bin·​oc·​u·​lar bə-ˈnäk-yə-lər How to pronounce binocular (audio)
bī-
1
: a binocular optical instrument
2
: a handheld instrument for seeing at a distance that consists of two telescopes, a focusing device, and usually prisms
usually used in plural
a pair of binoculars

Medical Definition

binocular

1 of 2 adjective
bin·​oc·​u·​lar bī-ˈnäk-yə-lər, bə- How to pronounce binocular (audio)
: of, relating to, using, or adapted to the use of both eyes
binocular vision
a binocular microscope
binocularly adverb

binocular

2 of 2 noun
bin·​oc·​u·​lar bə-ˈnäk-yə-lər, bī- How to pronounce binocular (audio)
: a binocular optical instrument

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