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 \ adjective

Examples of tunnel vision in a Sentence

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

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Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, tunnel vision and nausea. Thom Patterson, CNN, "A lot of people wore their oxygen masks wrong during the Southwest emergency landing," 19 Apr. 2018 Learn how to keep the tunnel vision going, knowing all the distractions are going to come. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Wendell Carter Jr. is excited to learn from fellow man in middle Robin Lopez," 11 July 2018 When major college football programs began to orbit around Madeira’s Jack Cravaack, the 6-foot-5 senior could have easily gotten tunnel vision. Adam Baum, Cincinnati.com, "Madeira's Jack Cravaack, a Purdue football signee, leaves lofty two-sport legacy," 4 Jan. 2018 The people who promote nuclear power have tunnel vision. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fearing climate change, experts in San Diego warn U.S. nuclear industry faces collapse," 7 July 2018 This show is sometimes guilty of tunnel vision, because Elisabeth Moss is such an appealing actress and Offred is the narrator of the Margaret Atwood novel on which it's based. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'The Handmaid's Tale' Episode 2 recap: Colonial times, and Alexis Bledel," 25 Apr. 2018 For a brief moment, the tunnel vision created by concrete canyons or wooded walls fades. Jim Webster, chicagotribune.com, "In Havre de Grace, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay, a rich maritime history - and ducks, lots of ducks," 27 June 2018 Gretchen Von Helms argues investigators had tunnel vision and interpreted everything Kevin Brown said as evidence of his guilt. CBS News, "Were the murders of California teens the work of a serial killer?," 9 June 2018 Jess had that same tunnel vision during their first dance. Philly.com, "Philadelphia weddings: Jessica Atkinson and Barnett Pearlstein," 1 June 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

: 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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