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

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 They're also encouraged to bring binoculars, beach chairs, blankets, bug spray and water. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "Sleeping Bear Dunes unveils 2018 star party calendar, first event this Saturday," 10 Apr. 2018 The missing equipment -- such as high-end coolers, rods and reels, binoculars, a paddle board and spear guns -- was bought by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries using money from BP PLC after the massive 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "Couple whose sailboat sank on Day 2 of dream journey gets another, raises $16,000: report," 1 Mar. 2018 Members of the Society will have their telescopes and binoculars set up on the observing patio to take visitors on a tour of the night sky. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 15 May 2018 Chinese state media filled with images last week of President Xi Jinping, high above the Yangtze River, peering through binoculars at the world's largest dam. Jessica Meyers, latimes.com, "On high-stakes trip to China, U.S. officials confront tech along with trade," 1 May 2018 Special equipment — telescopes, binoculars — is not necessary to view the Lyrid meteor shower, which is safe to view with the naked eye. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "The 2018 Lyrid Meteor Shower Will Light Up the Sky on Earth Day. Here Are the Best Places to See It," 17 Apr. 2018 There are many places around the state to drive to, park and spot animals with binoculars or spotting scopes. Roger Phillips, idahostatesman, "Mid-winter, early spring offer a lot to hunters, wildlife watchers | Idaho Statesman," 9 Jan. 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

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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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