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

Examples of binocular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective It can be seen on a clear night in the Southern Hemisphere without the use of a binocular or telescope, making it the first black hole to be seen without tools. Fox News, "Black hole, 1,000 light-years from Earth, discovered," 8 May 2020 Magnification is the first number in a binocular description, such as 8x42. The Editors, Field & Stream, "How to Choose the Right Binoculars for You," 8 Apr. 2020 Instead, Oculudentavis had eyes that bulged out to the sides and no binocular vision, the researchers found. Tom Metcalfe, NBC News, "The smallest dinosaur ever found was a weird, primitive bird, researchers say," 11 Mar. 2020 The binocular’s best attribute, though, is its tack-sharp image, even in low-light conditions. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "A Boat Hunt for Musk Ox and Caribou in Greenland," 21 Feb. 2020 Their eyes, meanwhile, have come to be situated in the narrow front of their face, affording them a more intensely focused, binocular vision — prying beaks and eyes coalescing to form the perfect foraging and nesting machine. New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Starlings," 11 Feb. 2020 Clutch bags and small purses — including camera and binocular cases — are permitted up to certain sizes. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Garth Brooks heads to Ford Field: 7 things to know," 19 Feb. 2020 Neural signature: Robertson’s team had shown in a 2013 study that autistic people perceive the images switching in a binocular rivalry task more slowly than neurotypical people do. Scientific American, "Visual Task May Offer Brain Marker for Autism," 19 Aug. 2019 With help from a team of binocular-holding observers and three infrared sensors attached to the roof of a government shed on the Granite Canyon bluff, the counts are becoming more accurate. Anchorage Daily News, "As gray whale migration reaches its peak, scientists fear another unexplained die-off," 25 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two quick-release clips secure the binocular to the harness straps. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "The 8 Best Binocular Chest Packs, Tested," 4 Nov. 2020 The first number in a binocular size is the model’s magnification power. Will Palmer, Popular Mechanics, "8 Great Binoculars for Getting a Closer Look," 8 Oct. 2020 The rest of the lush land is crisscrossed with hiking trails and birdwatching posts where binocular-toting visitors can spot the rare yellow-eared parrot or one of the other 540 species of birds found in this part of the country. Jordan T. Jones, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Colombia, Eco-Tourism Is the Way Forward," 28 Sep. 2020 Not many years ago, these optics companies would pour those resources into a flagship binocular or spotting scope, or into a riflescope with super-premium glass that might pair with an heirloom rifle. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The 13 Best New Precision Riflescopes Put to the Test," 18 Aug. 2020 Open binocular harnesses hold your binoculars out of the way and at the ready, but completely expose them to the elements. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things To Know Before You Buy A Binocular Harness," 22 Aug. 2019 Another said the field of view was closer to an 8-power binocular instead of the 10X Victory Zeiss submitted for our test. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The 9 Best New Hunting Binoculars Put to the Test," 18 Aug. 2020 Don’t forget your binoculars, and have a starry night. Remy Tumin, New York Times, "Anthony Fauci, Supreme Court, ‘Hamilton’: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing," 12 May 2020 Dogs wandered freely as a solitary lifeguard stood outside her tower scanning the turquoise water with binoculars. Los Angeles Times, "Despite coronavirus, many flock to Orange and Ventura county beaches to beat the heat," 26 Apr. 2020

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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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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 1 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for binocular

binocular

adjective
How to pronounce binocular (audio)

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

Other Words from binocular

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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