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[bin-uh-kuh l]
  1. binocular(def 1).
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Origin of binocle1

1690–1700; < French < Latin bīn(ī) bin- + oculus eye


[bahy-nuhk-uh l]
  1. a card game of the bezique family that is played by two persons with a 48-card pack, the lowest card of which is nine.
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Origin of binocle2

see origin at pinochle
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Examples from the Web for binocle

Historical Examples

  • Here he plants his binocle on his nose, leans back and stares at me.

    Happy-Thought Hall

    F. C. Burnand

  • Picking up a binocle, which lay on the table, he turned to look toward Mt. HoodSublime!

    An Oregon Girl

    Alfred Ernest Rice

  • Binocle, bin′o-kl, n. a telescope through which an object can be viewed with both eyes at the same time.

  • Something seems to attract his gaze, for he holds the binocle steadily toward the south.

    Trumpeter Fred

    Charles King

Word Origin and History for binocle


1690s, from French binocle (17c.), from Latin bini- "two by two, twofold, two apiece" (see binary) + oculus "eye" (see eye (n.)).

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