from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of binocular telescope in the form of a large operaglass, provided with a case slung from a strap, so that it can be conveniently carried. These glasses are used especially by military men and tourists.
  • n. A small achromatic telescope, usually from 20 to 24 inches long, and having from 3 to 6 joints of the kind known as telescopic.
  • n. That one of the two lenses forming the eyepiece of an astronomical telescope or of a compound microscope which is the nearer to the object-glass, the other being the eye-glass. Also called field-lens.


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  • This caused a halt, and having hurriedly re-capped our guns and six-shooters, thus preparing for the worst, I took a look at the band through my field-glass.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • I did not indulge in this confidence, however; for, with the excellent field-glass I had, I could distinctly see long columns of French troops moving to their right, for the apparent purpose of making a vigorous fight on that flank; and I thought it more than likely that their artillery would be heard from before the Germans could gain the coveted ridge.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • The Emperor had been the first, as early as mid-day, to descry with his field-glass, on the extreme horizon, something which had attracted his attention.

    Les Miserables

  • The Prince had gone a little way off and was scrutinising the distant heights through his field-glass.

    The War in the Air

  • I had a field-glass with me, and, looking round, I saw his hat as he was walking inside the walls of the circus in the direction towards the city.

    Tales of all countries

  • In the gully where the Tugwell boats were built, behind a fringe of rough longshore growth, young Carne had been sitting with a good field-glass, observing the practice of the battery.


  • “I see,” said this individual, who wore sporting clothes of the most attractive pattern, and had a field-glass strung over his shoulder, “that you did not get over to our little entertainment last evening.”

    Sister Carrie

  • But they have this mark of their own that at each of them stands a figure with a pair of eyes, or at least with a field-glass, which forms, again and again, for observation, a unique instrument, insuring to the person making use of it an impression distinct from every other.

    The Portrait of a Lady

  • Taking up the powerful field-glass which he was accustomed to use in his surveying operations, he proceeded to investigate more carefully the luminous orb.

    Off on a Comet

  • I reckon some people ashore saw it all; for there's Judge Colon's auto, standing up yonder; and they've got their field-glass leveled this way.

    Fred Fenton on the Crew or, The Young Oarsmen of Riverport School

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