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bifocal

[bahy-foh-kuh l, bahy-foh-] /baɪˈfoʊ kəl, ˈbaɪˌfoʊ-/
adjective
1.
Chiefly Optics. having two foci.
2.
(of an eyeglass or contact lens) having two portions, one for near and one for far vision.
noun
3.
bifocals, bifocal eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Origin of bifocal
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism; bi-1 + focal
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  • That surprised, him, and he eyed me over the top of his bifocals.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • The turnstiles were blocked by a sandwich board: Mickey in a Ben Franklin wig and bifocals, holding a trowel.

  • I removed my glasses to make certain (someday I shall simply have to get bifocals) and saw that it was a foreign cookbook.

  • The bifocals had returned to their incongruous perch on the dome of the head.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
British Dictionary definitions for bifocals

bifocals

/baɪˈfəʊkəlz/
plural noun
1.
a pair of spectacles with bifocal lenses

bifocal

/baɪˈfəʊkəl/
adjective
1.
(optics) having two different focuses
2.
relating to a compound lens permitting near and distant vision
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Word Origin and History for bifocals
n.

"bifocal spectacles," 1899, see bifocal. Conceived by Benjamin Franklin, but called by him double spectacles.

bifocal

adj.

"having two foci," 1844, from bi- + focal.

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bifocals in Medicine

bifocal bi·fo·cal (bī-fō'kəl, bī'fō'-)
adj.

  1. Having two focal lengths.

  2. Having one section that corrects for distant vision and another that corrects for near vision.

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