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.
- Often pan·op·ti·cal .
- pan·op·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use panoptic in a sentence
I suppose the town has a modern jail now—perhaps even with panoptic galleries!The Charm of Ireland | Burton Egbert Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for panoptic
taking in all parts, aspects, etc, in a single view; all-embracing: a panoptic survey
- panoptically, adverb
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