Abbreviation of "binocular glass".
binoculars pl (normally plural, singular binocular)
- A hand-held device consisting of a series of lenses and prisms, used to magnify objects so that they can be better seen from a distance, and looked at through both eyes.
1956, Delano Ames, chapter 14, in Crime out of Mind:
- He gazed around until on the lid of a spinet he spotted a promising collection of bottles, gin, whiskey, vermouth and sherry, mixed with violin bows, a flute, a toppling pile of books, six volumes of Grove's Dictionary mingled with paperback thrillers, a guitar without any strings, a pair of binoculars, a meerschaum pipe and a jar half-full of wasps and apricot jam.
- A single device is called a pair of binoculars, and the plural "pairs of binoculars" is used for more than one device.
hand-held device for looking at a distance