spyglass

noun

spy·​glass ˈspī-ˌglas How to pronounce spyglass (audio)
: a small telescope

Examples of spyglass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lucas Alamán, perhaps the greatest nineteenth-century Mexican historian, had watched the final battles for Mexico City with a spyglass from the roof of his house in the barrio of San Cosme. Enrique Krauze, Foreign Affairs, 1 Nov. 2013 The imaginative set includes an expandable toy spyglass, a toy compass that really spins, shoulder bag and a pretend key ring with baubles and dinglehopper. Anna Tingley, Variety, 12 May 2023 Each storyline will have Disney characters leading passengers to diverse areas of the ship where the spyglass will turn the physical into something more — for instance, enchanted paintings will reveal cooperative activities, like making gumbo with Tiana or capturing the Kakamora with Moana. Zoe Hewitt, Variety, 19 Aug. 2021 They’re also given a working spyglass to look out for incoming Spanish ships and a compass to chart out cannon ranges from the ruins of the fort over the Frederica river. Alex Hazlett, Outside Online, 9 Nov. 2022 The legs of a girl who happens to be sheltering by chance under this same colonnade— from atop her knee a drop admires the leg’s cascade, a spyglass sent from heaven by our great voyeur. Mira Rosenthal, The New York Review of Books, 1 Dec. 2022 Think of it as a handheld telescope or spyglass, long a favorite of sea captains and pirates, after all. Everett Potter, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Rather than viewing the facility through the eyes of those seeking a new life, the French poet and author hands the spyglass instead to a fictional bureaucrat within its walls. Rebekah Denn, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Dec. 2020 Astronomers are still finding moons at Jupiter, 400 years after Galileo used his spyglass to spot the first ones. Emiliano Rodriguez Mega, The Seattle Times, 17 July 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1706, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spyglass was in 1706

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“Spyglass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spyglass. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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spyglass

noun
spy·​glass ˈspī-ˌglas How to pronounce spyglass (audio)
: a small telescope
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