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.
Recent Examples on the Web Asked to be a go-to option, Wiggins often got tunnel vision, ignoring open teammates to hoist midrange jumpers. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Why the Warriors are banking on Andrew Wiggins finally realizing his potential," 6 Feb. 2020 Evans was a filmmaker on the rise even though his sight had begun to deteriorate in 1996 on account of a rare genetic (and degenerative) disease called retinitis pigmentosa that left him with something akin to tunnel vision. Nick Schager, chicagotribune.com, "‘Vision Portraits’ review: A study of talented artists struggling with different levels of vision loss," 18 Sep. 2019 As reasons to associate with a child rapist, tunnel vision seems less likely than dollars and network effects. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Jeffrey Epstein and the Power of Networks," 27 Aug. 2019 Complete tunnel vision on the task at hand, which was holding the first day of Patriots training camp. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "Bill Belichick sticking to the same message, but the Patriots do have issues," 24 July 2019 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

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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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13 Feb 2020

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“Tunnel vision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tunnel%20vision. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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

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Medical Definition of tunnel vision

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

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