spy·​glass | \ ˈspī-ˌglas How to pronounce spyglass (audio) \

Definition of spyglass

: a small telescope

Examples of spyglass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 But in 1850, long before Stone, Abijah Fessenden patented a drinking tube with a filter attached to a vessel shaped like a spyglass. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, 21 June 2018 For this reason, modern naval-history masters like Ian Toll or James Hornfischer tend to train their spyglasses on a particular theater or navy. Jonathan W. Jordan, WSJ, 18 May 2018 And nowhere is this more celebrated than on Goat Island, where the Observer has eagerly put aside his spyglass, having ceased the search for icebergs. The Masked Observer, AL.com, 24 Jan. 2018 The opening rescue mission, chock full of snowy landscapes, bursting tree trunks, laser blasts, and the Avengers' own bravado, is like watching a fireworks display with a spyglass. Matt Patches, Esquire, 21 Apr. 2015 Then in July 1864 — half a century after the British burned the city — Lincoln used a spyglass to watch the movements of troops led by Confederate Lt. Daniel S. Levy / Time Books, Time, 2 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of spyglass

1706, in the meaning defined above

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“Spyglass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spyglass. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spyglass

: a small telescope used by sailors in the past


spy·​glass | \ ˈspī-ˌglas How to pronounce spyglass (audio) \

Kids Definition of spyglass

: a small telescope


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