trifocal

[ trahy-foh-kuh l, trahy-foh- ]
/ traɪˈfoʊ kəl, ˈtraɪˌfoʊ- /

adjective

Optics. having three foci.
(of an eyeglass lens) having three portions, one for near, one for intermediate, and one for far vision.

noun

trifocals, eyeglasses with trifocal lenses.

Nearby words

  1. triflingly,
  2. trifluoperazine,
  3. trifluoride,
  4. trifluorochloromethane,
  5. trifluralin,
  6. trifocal lens,
  7. trifold,
  8. trifoliate,
  9. trifoliate orange,
  10. trifoliolate

Origin of trifocal

First recorded in 1945–50; tri- + focal

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British Dictionary definitions for trifocal

trifocal

adjective (traɪˈfəʊkəl)

having three focuses
having three focal lengths

noun (traɪˈfəʊkəl, ˈtraɪˌfəʊkəl)

(plural) glasses with trifocal lenses
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