binocular

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Borrowing from French binoculaire.

Adjective[edit]

binocular (not comparable)

  1. Using two eyes or viewpoints; especially, using two eyes or viewpoints to ascertain distance.
    a binocular microscope or telescope
    • Derham
      Most animals are binocular.
    • 2013 July 9, Joselle DiNunzio Kehoe, “Cognition, brains and Riemann”, plus.maths.org, accessed on 2013-09-08:
      Studies in biology and cognitive science point to biological processes that appear to be mathematically oriented — there are cells in our visual system that are sensitive only to vertical structures, our perception of distance arises from the geometry of binocular vision and our early learning seems based on calculating probabilities. The body is built to create structure from sensory data — to weave it into the objects we perceive.

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Noun[edit]

binocular (plural binoculars)

  1. attributive form of binoculars
  2. A pair of binoculars.
    • 1956, Delano Ames, chapter 14, Crime out of Mind[1]:
      He gazed around until on the lid of a spinet he spotted a promising collection of bottles, gin, whiskey, vermouth and sherry, mixed with violin bows, a flute, a toppling pile of books, six volumes of Grove's Dictionary mingled with paperback thrillers, a guitar without any strings, a pair of binoculars, a meerschaum pipe and a jar half-full of wasps and apricot jam.
  3. (dated) Any binocular glass, such as an opera glass, telescope, or microscope.

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binocular m, f (plural binoculares)

  1. binocular