- Usually binoculars. Also called pair of binoculars, prism binoculars. an optical device, providing good depth effect, for use with both eyes, consisting of two small telescopes fitted together side by side, each telescope having two prisms between the eyepiece and objective for erecting the image.
- involving both eyes: binocular vision.
Origin of binocular
Examples from the Web for binoculars
Contemporary Examples of binoculars
They were found camped in the woods, armed with binoculars, flying a small helicopter.What Was This Drone Doing Over a South Carolina Prison?
August 1, 2014
The search for the remains of Flight 370 is not simply a case of binoculars out of the window, although they play a part.Was MH370 Carrying Killer Cargo?
March 21, 2014
Without a bribed official, a halcyon, or eagle, will watch the entry point with binoculars for patterns and opportunities.
Detective Brian Sallee lifted a pair of binoculars and scanned a parking lot a quarter mile down the road.
The film opens with her bratty brother spying on her with binoculars as she suntans on a beach.‘Jeune et Jolie’ (‘Young and Beautiful’) Opens at Cannes With Model Marine Vacth
May 16, 2013
Historical Examples of binoculars
The American turned his binoculars obediently and scanned the west and north.
As it was too small for his naked eyes, he resorted to the binoculars once more.
Next he showed them a pair of binoculars, teaching them how to look through them.
In their places, suddenly, there were the thermos and the binoculars.
Then he took up the binoculars from the roof of the deckhouse.The Rescue
- an optical instrument for use with both eyes, consisting of two small telescopes joined togetherAlso called: field glasses
- involving, relating to, seeing with or intended for both eyesbinocular vision
Word Origin for binocular
Word Origin and History for binoculars
1866; see binocular. Earlier binocle (1690s).
1738, "involving both eyes," earlier "having two eyes" (1713), from French binoculaire, from Latin bini "two by two, twofold, two apiece" (see binary) + ocularis "of the eye," from oculus "eye" (see eye (n.)). The double-tubed telescopic instrument (1871, short for binocular glass) earlier was called a binocle. Related: Binocularity.
- Adapted to the use of both eyes. Used of an optical instrument.
- Relating to or involving both eyes at once, as in binocular vision.
- An optical device, such as a pair of field glasses, consisting of two small telescopes, designed for use by both eyes at once. Often used in the plural as binoculars.