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

This grouping of young stars is best seen using binocular and low-powered telescopes. Arnold Pearlstein, sun-sentinel.com, "The Stars This Week: Sept. 15-21," 15 Sep. 2019 The task tests a person’s ability to perceive a phenomenon called binocular rivalry. Scientific American, "Visual Task May Offer Brain Marker for Autism," 19 Aug. 2019 For example, certain behaviors and abilities—such as some aspects of language and binocular vision—must be learned during critical periods in early childhood. Tom Roseberry, Scientific American, "Studying the Superhuman," 4 Sep. 2019 Roughly 326 miles wide, Pallas will be a binocular target even from light-polluted city suburbs for the next couple of weeks. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "Spring meteor shower, and more top star-gazing events in April," 1 Apr. 2019 Most significantly for space enthusiasts, opposition marks the year’s most optimal Jupiter viewing conditions, enabling binocular-equipped watchers to easily spot the planet and perhaps even a few of its 79 moons. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Tonight Is the Best Time of the Year to See Jupiter and Its Many Moons," 10 June 2019 Such cunning likely would lessen if alcohol were available out in the open on Kyle’s concourses, even if fake binocular makers would pay the price. Brent Zwerneman, ExpressNews.com, "Texas A&M treading carefully on whether to sell alcohol at sports events," 5 June 2019 One set of binocular viewers reveals a 3-D slideshow of Parisian streets; another, 3-D photographs of the Civil War, which are stunning. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘3D: Double Vision’ Review: A Multidimensional Show Feels Flat," 24 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The office worker, using binoculars kept on hand there, saw the person in the water afterward, Hensley said. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "NKY/Cincinnati first responders searching: Report of a person in Ohio River Thursday afternoon," 12 Sep. 2019 The poses will be familiar to anyone who has ever had army men, including a kneeling infantry soldier with rifle, standing infantry soldier with rifle, and a female officer holding a pair of binoculars and a pistol. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Six-Year-Old Girl Asked for Green Army Women. The Toy Company Listened.," 9 Sep. 2019 Moon buzzes Beehive—September 24 At least an hour before local sunrise try using binoculars to spot the Beehive star cluster tucked underneath the thin crescent moon in the constellation Cancer, the crab. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "See Neptune at its best and more top stargazing in September," 1 Sep. 2019 From where Minhas stood, an Indian post could be seen without using binoculars. Washington Post, "Villagers tired of living dangerously along Kashmir frontier," 1 Sep. 2019 The show of bravado and support for South Korea, one of America's closest military allies, has evolved over the years to include binoculars and bomber jackets. Author: Zeke Miller, Jonathan Lemire, Anchorage Daily News, "Kim Jong Un accepts Trump’s invitation to meet at the Korean demilitarized zone," 30 June 2019 The show of bravado and support for South Korea, one of America's closest military allies, has evolved over the years to include binoculars and bomber jackets. CBS News, "Trump says he's willing to meet with Kim Jong Un at DMZ," 29 June 2019 The show of bravado and support for South Korea, one of America’s closest military allies, has evolved over the years to include binoculars and bomber jackets. Jonathan Lemire, The Denver Post, "DMZ diplomacy? Trump says Kim wants to meet him at border," 29 June 2019 Steve Fournier, a hunter from Aptos, scans for wild pigs on June 16, 2018 in the hills of San Benito County while his hunting guide, Sam McGuire, uses binoculars to look for hogs. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Wild pigs cause millions in damages in California. But hunting them could become easier," 25 June 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

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: 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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