tunnel vision


Definition of tunnel vision

1 : constriction of the visual field resulting in loss of peripheral vision
2 : extreme narrowness of viewpoint : narrow-mindedness also : single-minded concentration on one objective

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Other Words from tunnel vision

tunnel-visioned \ ˈtə-​nᵊl-​ˈvi-​zhənd How to pronounce tunnel-visioned (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tunnel vision in a Sentence

His tunnel vision made sensible discussions on political issues nearly impossible.

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Will two stars with tunnel vision to score be able to coexist peacefully when their desires overlap? Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Russell Westbrook-James Harden pairing probably won't work, but Rockets had no other choice but to try," 12 July 2019 The class put on glasses with wavy lenses and circles in the center of the lenses to reproduce a sort of tunnel vision. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "CERT members take class in dealing with dementia in emergencies," 1 July 2019 In trying to clear hurdle after hurdle toward the Alamo Plaza redevelopment project’s completion, their own intransigence, tunnel vision and exclusionary practices have gotten in the way. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Alamo plan excluding lineal descendants to its own detriment," 18 July 2019 Police succumbed to tunnel vision and confirmation bias, misinterpreting Deskovic’s amateur passion to help solve the crime as a sign of guilt. Michelle Malkin, National Review, "From Convicted Murderer to Exoneree to Law Grad," 5 June 2019 Humans can easily develop tunnel vision or become distracted in combat, and an AI acting as a third set of eyes is a hedge against the soldiers missing something critical to their own survival. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Crazy Ad for an Israeli Future Tank Is Something Else," 12 Mar. 2019 But Trump’s tunnel vision has led him to the lowest low points of his presidency, including this week. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Putin or the Democrats? For some today it's not so easy," 19 July 2018 Getty Images In a case of royal family tunnel vision, the royal-watching world collectively missed an entire royal engagement. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Had a Secret Meeting with the Royal Foundation," 13 Jan. 2019 Increasing tunnel vision: Tesla ultimately devoted most of his efforts to a wireless transmitting project that never proved out. John F. Wasik, WSJ, "Lessons From Tesla (the Man, Not the Car)," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of tunnel vision

circa 1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tunnel vision was circa 1942

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English Language Learners Definition of tunnel vision

medical : a condition in which you can see things that are straight ahead of you but not to the side
often disapproving : a tendency to think only about one thing and to ignore everything else

tunnel vision


Medical Definition of tunnel vision

: constriction of the visual field resulting in loss of peripheral vision

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