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 The first number in a binocular size is the model’s magnification power. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "8 Great Binoculars for Getting a Closer Look," 18 Oct. 2019 Porro prisms are inexpensive to make, but often result in larger binoculars as the eyepiece is offset from the binocular tube to allow room for prisms to flip the image on the way to your eye. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "8 Great Binoculars for Getting a Closer Look," 18 Oct. 2019 Cranes are almost impossible to put the sneak on, because of their height (four feet), and binocular quality eyesight. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "You can hunt sandhill cranes, or you can just stand there and watch them in awe," 1 Oct. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bring binoculars or a spotting scope to zoom in on the action. Kitson Jazynka, National Geographic, "Wolves are making a comeback. Here’s where to see them," 2 July 2019 To watch the transit in person, do not look at the sun directly with the naked eye, including through binoculars or telescopes. Denise Chow, NBC News, "Mercury is making a rare 'transit' across the sun. Here's how to watch.," 10 Nov. 2019 The outlet adds that meteors should appear all across the sky, so there’s no need to zero in on just one particular area — or rely on binoculars or telescopes. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "A Major Meteor Shower Will Be Visible in the U.S. Next Week — Here’s How to Get the Best View," 18 Oct. 2019 Insider tips: Bring binoculars and download the LiveATC app to listen to air traffic control. Melanie D.g. Kaplan / Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Coming to St. Paul? Here’s the Washington Post’s suggestions for visitors," 10 Oct. 2019 The space station, visible without binoculars or a telescope, will be higher in the sky than usual and remain visible for about four minutes, according to NASA. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Tuesday night is a great opportunity see International Space Station," 8 Oct. 2019 While the planet famous for its brilliant stripes and swirls will be visible to the naked eye, binoculars or a small telescope only enhance its clarity. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Jupiter will get so close to earth this month its largest moons will be visible with just a pair of binoculars," 11 June 2019 Among the items found: a Remington 870 tactical shotgun, ear plugs, a gas can, a wilderness training manual, binoculars, a plastic ammunition cans and a Smith & Wesson rifle bag. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Garlic Festival shooter had a shotgun, a clown mask and wilderness survival items in his car," 9 Aug. 2019 For these binoculars, that number is upward of 90 percent. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: Binoculars," 14 July 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/binoculars. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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