mon·​oc·​u·​lar | \ mä-ˈnä-kyə-lər How to pronounce monocular (audio) , mə- \

Definition of monocular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, involving, or affecting a single eye
2 : suitable for use with only one eye



Definition of monocular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a monocular device

Other Words from monocular


monocularly adverb

Examples of monocular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Their solution uses monocular cameras, GPS and maps, along with simulations and AI algorithms. Sabbir Rangwala, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Oppo’s promo images show the monocular design slotting into a more conventional glasses frame. Andrew Williams, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 To the ancient Greeks who dug them up, these skulls might have seemed like the remains of monocular, humanoid giants. Timothy John Burbery, The Conversation, 6 Aug. 2021 The monocular goggles meant soldiers could only see nighttime imagery through one eye. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 The project kicked off in 2019 to replace the military branches' old monocular system with updated binoculars. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 Swarovski, source of some of the world's finest binoculars and spotting scopes, has done that with its 8x25 dG digital guide monocular. Star Tribune, 23 Feb. 2021 Get a clearer, bigger picture of the world around you with this portable, lightweight monocular telescope. Popular Science, 12 Oct. 2020 Alongside impressive magnification and clarity, this monocular telescope also delivers on convenience. Popular Science, 6 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Inside was a necklace with a pendant: a shiny miniature monocular. Cynthia Ozick, The New Yorker, 14 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of monocular


1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monocular


Late Latin monoculus having one eye

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mon·​oc·​u·​lar | \ mä-ˈnäk-yə-lər, mə- How to pronounce monocular (audio) \

Medical Definition of monocular

1 : of, involving, or affecting a single eye monocular vision
2 : suitable for use with only one eye a monocular microscope

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monocularly adverb

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