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Word Origin and History for zeiss


in reference to spy-glasses or binoculars, 1905, from the firm founded by German optical instrument manufacturer Carl Zeiss (1816-1888).

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Examples from the Web for zeiss

Historical Examples

  • The best-known prismatic telescopes are the Zeiss field-glasses.

    How it Works

    Archibald Williams

  • But I forgot to yank down those dark filters over the ends of the Zeiss.

    Cue for Quiet

    Thomas L. Sherred

  • Well, now I will stop, and use my Zeiss glass on the land, which is getting nearer.

  • To make sure, I sent my first officer up to the fore-top with an excellent Zeiss glass.

  • At luncheon-time, when I was about half-way, I sat down with my Zeiss glass—my mother's farewell gift—to look for the valley.

    Prester John

    John Buchan