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eye +‎ -wear


eyewear (uncountable)

  1. A vision aid or similar device worn over the eyes, such as eyeglasses, contact lenses, or protective goggles.
    • 1925, Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Sir Francis Cowley Burnand, Sir Owen Seaman, editor, London charivari:
      American manufacturers are now describing spectacles as "eyewear".
    • 1974 Oct. 14, "Wise Owl Club inducts two," St. Petersburg Times / Manatee Times, p. 3 (retrieved 1 Sep 2010):
      Use of safety eyewear by Jones saved his sight when he was holding a chisel, another employe lifted up a hammer to hit the chisel and accidentally struck Jones in the nose and safety glasses.
    • 1988 July 4, Anastasia Toufexis et al., "Health & Fitness: Do Your Shades Do the Job?," Time:
      ANSI divides sunglasses into three categories: fashion spectacles that shield eyes from only 70% of UV-B and less than 60% of UV-A; everyday eyewear that screens out 95% of UV-B and between 60% and 92% of UV-A; and special-purpose glasses that absorb almost 99% of ultraviolet rays.
    • 2021 August 6, A. A. Dowd, “The Ryan Reynolds action-comedy Free Guy is a Truman Show for the Fortnite age”, in The A.V. Club[1]:
      When one of the daily robberies ends with him accidentally merking the robber (a real player, which the NPCs aren’t supposed to be able to attack), Guy gets his hands on the victim’s sunglasses—a pair of eyewear that allows him to see, like “Rowdy” Roddy Piper in They Live, the secret messages (and, in this case, powerups and side missions and stats) scattered across his world.


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