binocular

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

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

Examples of binocular in a Sentence

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

After a harrowing kayak ride, Mandrick makes a humdinger of a find, a shocking climax to the story that readers will see as if through binoculars from several miles away or will kick themselves for missing. Helene Stapinski, New York Times, "Jungle Mold, Ornithology and Lawn Care: 3 New Novels Find Hilarity in Unexpected Places," 1 June 2018 Participants should wear hats, closed-toed shoes,and bring water, snacks or bagged lunch, bug spray, sunscreen and binoculars. Rosemarie Dowell, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Butterfly expert to lead Ferndale Preserve walk in search of winged creatures," 31 May 2018 In all those cases, burglars smashed open car and truck windows to steal purses, backpacks, computers, athletic shoes, binoculars, cash and other valuable items. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "Idaho smash-and-grab burglary suspect arrested, other cases still unsolved, police say | Idaho Statesman," 25 May 2018 Equipped with spotting scopes and binoculars, guides accompany tourists on glass-bottom boats that make the 20-minute trip across the Atlantic from the fishing village of Speyside. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Best Caribbean islands for nature lovers," 9 Apr. 2018 Large cargo pockets on both versions handedly fit snacks, binoculars, and that rock that just couldn’t be left behind. Mandy Ferreira, Sunset, "10 Best Kids’ Hiking Shoes & Gear," 22 Jan. 2018 More than a quarter of our households have installed feeders and bird houses in our backyards and almost 10 percent of us have bought bird identification books and binoculars and have taken trips specifically to see birds. Anna Silman, The Cut, "I Truly Cannot Believe That Canada Still Does Not Have a National Bird," 4 May 2018 While hunting, McGuire and his clients often spend hours scanning hillsides with binoculars, hoping to spot pigs moving through the underbrush or resting under oak trees. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Wild pigs cause millions in damages in California. But hunting them could become easier," 25 June 2018 In years past, the towers were checked using only binoculars, even after earthquakes. John Blackstone, CBS News, "Engineers are taking the most detailed look at the Golden Gate Bridge since it opened," 3 May 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, bə-\

Kids Definition of binocular

: involving or designed for both eyes

binocular

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

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- \ adverb

binocular

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

Medical Definition of binocular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a binocular optical instrument

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