tunnel vision

noun

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
tunnel-visioned adjective

Examples of tunnel vision in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

circa 1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tunnel vision was circa 1942

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Cite this Entry

“Tunnel vision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tunnel%20vision. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

tunnel vision

noun
1
: narrowing of the field of vision resulting in loss of side vision
2
: a tendency to be extremely focused on something or on a part of something (as a problem or plan) while ignoring other factors

Medical Definition

tunnel vision

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

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