Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A maker of spectacles; one who makes spectacles, eye-glasses, and similar instruments. Tho Spectacle-makers' Company of London was incorporated in 1630.
“With a magnification power of 14, this telescope -- one of at least 100 Galileo constructed, Mr. Pitts says -- represented a major advance over the spyglasses made by the Dutch spectacle-maker Hans Lipperhey and others in 1608.”
“Photo: Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis View Slideshow 1608: Hans Lippershey, a German-born Dutch spectacle-maker, demonstrates the first refracting telescope, the forerunner of the modern optical telescope.”
“Lippershey, a Dutch spectacle-maker, had presented to Count Maurice of Nassau an instrument by means of which distant objects appeared nearer to the beholder, addressed himself to the cause of such a phenomenon, which led to the invention of the telescope and proved the beginning of the modern science of astronomy.”
“The inventor of the telescope was a Dutchman named Hans Lippershey, who carried on the business of a spectacle-maker in the town of Middelburg.”
“In the same year, 1609, Galileo heard the report that a spectacle-maker of Middleburg, in Holland, had made an instrument by which distant objects appeared nearer.”
“Suppose, in short, the question that had torn the whole world in two was never even asked at all, until some spectacle-maker suggested it somewhere about 1750.”
“The story is told that Lippershey, who was a spectacle-maker, stumbled by accident upon the discovery that when two lenses are held at a certain distance apart, objects at a distance appear nearer and larger.”
“But on other days would begin to fall the rain, of which we had had due warning from the little barometer-figure which the spectacle-maker hung out in his doorway.”
“In 1609 Galileo heard that a Dutch spectacle-maker had combined a pair of lenses so as to magnify distant objects.”
“The children of a spectacle-maker placed two or more pairs of the spectacles before each other in play, and told their father that distant objects looked larger.”
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