American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small telescope.
- n. A pair of binoculars. Often used in the plural.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small hand-telescope.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small telescope for viewing distant terrestrial objects.
- n. a small refracting telescope
- spy + glass (Wiktionary)
“Two cushioned chairs sat at the table and a small end table leaned up against the couch, on top of which there was a medium sized spyglass, that is, a telescope.”
“He packed the "spyglass" lovingly in his suitcase, anxious about revealing his discovery.”
“He carried his "spyglass" around with him for days, anxious to show his friends, my friends, passing strangers, and especially his father.”
“He had learned of the existence of the spyglass in the spring of 1609, but paid no attention to it; however, during the first week of July he had the new idea that the spyglass could be a valuable instrument (C.”
“He's got the very same kind of spyglass as mine. ”
Advance and Retreat
“This particular year was chosen because 400 years ago Galileo turned a spyglass to the sky.”
“Shifting position on the roof of the old Greymont Hotel, I held a brass spyglass up to my eye so I could watch the expression on his face.”
“Thus Gillray successively depicts him as a Lilliputian figure peered at through a spyglass by King George III and as a voracious, wild-eyed dandy vying with Prime Minister William Pitt for the biggest piece of the European plum pudding.”
“These are not science fiction, but they pass close enough that our watchmen on the boundaries can see them plain without a spyglass.”
“The first thing I thought of was the trillion dollar threat, The Dread Pirate Osama, one leg up on the gunwale, looking out over the horizon for the infidel, looking through his spyglass for aircraft carriers to ram.”
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