oculus

noun
oc·u·lus | \ˈä-kyə-ləs \
plural oculi\ˈä-kyə-ˌlī, -ˌlē \

Definition of oculus 

1 : a circular or oval window

2 : a circular opening at the top of a dome

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The new oculus is lit with orange light, and the corridors are lined with digital screens. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "SEPTA shows off new look for City Hall transit center," 19 June 2018 The $10 million work on the oculus and corridors began in earnest about two years ago, said Bob Lund, SEPTA’s assistant general manager of engineering, though before that structural repairs had already been done to repair leaks. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "SEPTA shows off new look for City Hall transit center," 19 June 2018 Depending on the season or the time of day, a glass oculus at the ceiling’s 18-foot peak can be opened or closed, regulating the temperature. Leilani Marie Labong, Sunset, "Living in an Eco-Friendly Yurt," 22 Jan. 2018 The aquarium experience ends with a chance to observe sharks and other denizens of the deep through the prism of a 31-foot oculus lens. Patti Nickell, chicagotribune.com, "Don’t hate Miami because it’s beautiful. The city has brains too," 9 Feb. 2018 The state-of-the-art $325 million facility opened in downtown Miami on May 8 and houses a three-story, 500,000-gallon aquarium with a 31-foot wide viewing oculus, a planetarium and other high-tech gallery spaces. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Frightening freebies and deals for Halloween | Doreen's Deals," 27 Oct. 2017 The state-of-the-art $325 million facility opened in downtown Miami on May 8 and includes the three-story, 500,000-gallon Gulf Stream Aquarium with a 31-foot wide oculus, a planetarium and other high-tech gallery spaces. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Discount to Frost Museum of Science for Broward County residents," 23 Oct. 2017 Once the scaffolding was removed, the walls alone had to endure the pressure of the gargantuan concrete roof, which was immense even with the famed oculus in the dome's center relieving some of the load. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Rock Solid History of Concrete," 12 Oct. 2017 Approximately 1,000 Facebook employees could go there, as well as an Oculus virtual reality division on the top floor. Kevin Kelly, The Mercury News, "Facebook leasing more space in Menlo Park for even more employees," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of oculus

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for oculus

Latin, literally, eye — more at eye

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oculus

noun
oc·u·lus | \ˈäk-yə-ləs \
plural oculi\-yə-ˌlī \

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