- permitting the viewing of all parts or elements: a panoptic stain used in microscopy; a panoptic aerial photograph of an enemy missile base.
- considering all parts or elements; all inclusive: a panoptic criticism of modern poetry.
Origin of panoptic
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I suppose the town has a modern jail now—perhaps even with panoptic galleries!The Charm of Ireland
Burton Egbert Stevenson
- taking in all parts, aspects, etc, in a single view; all-embracinga panoptic survey
C19: from Greek panoptēs seeing everything, from pan- + optos visible
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Word Origin and History for panoptic
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