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[spahy-glas, -glahs] /ˈspaɪˌglæs, -ˌglɑs/
a small telescope.
Origin of spyglass
First recorded in 1700-10; spy + glass Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • All days, Christmas or any other, are alike to Sol when there's a dollar to be sighted with a spyglass.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • They had a spyglass, and a good-sized dory was ready for launching.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "She's a brigantine, Zeb," observed the keeper, handing up the spyglass.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "I'm going to get my spyglass," said one of the under teachers, and ran to do so.

    The Rover Boys in the Air

    Edward Stratemeyer
  • Presently he heard the former order the steward to hand him his spyglass.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • He had not been with them more than a minute, when he asked Rupert for his spyglass.

    Hendricks the Hunter W.H.G. Kingston
  • Amos exclaimed, for he had caught all Chris's expression of speech, "We got us a spyglass!"

    Mr. Wicker's Window Carley Dawson
  • Chris murmured, and taking out his spyglass looked through it.

    Mr. Wicker's Window Carley Dawson
  • "We'll have to hunt up a spyglass, or a pair of binoculars," suggested Harris.

    Motor Matt's Air Ship Stanley R. Matthews
  • Fritz remained by me while I examined the object through my spyglass.

    The Swiss Family Robinson Johann David Wyss
British Dictionary definitions for spyglass


a small telescope
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for spyglass

also spy-glass, "telescope, field-glass," 1706, from spy (v.) + glass (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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