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  • noun 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.

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  • noun an optical instrument designed for simultaneous use by both eyes


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  • What? How can binoculars be pains in the butt, Prolagus? They're splendid! (Well, my pair is.)

    March 29, 2008

  • I put them slightly before diarrhea in my pain-charts. They give me eternal not-tonight-sweetie headache.

    March 29, 2008

  • Wow. I don't think I can ever look at my binoculars the same way again.

    March 29, 2008

  • Whenever I turn up anywhere with binoculars - football, theatre, nature walk, etc. - somebody wants to borrow them. Wanna meet people? Stuff MySpace, try binoculars.

    March 29, 2008

  • My wife got me a pair of these recently: very handy!

    March 29, 2008

  • But again, bilby,

    if you lend someone your binoculars don't expect to have an exciting night.

    Binoculars + oligosexuality = eternal not-tonight-sweetie headache.

    March 31, 2008

  • Saaay...I resent that! Why, I've had many an exciting night with my binoc--er...while keeping my binoculars at hand! Er, I mean....

    Oh hell, there's just no good way to save that remark.

    March 31, 2008

  • Isn't the plural superfluous, given that the bi- already indicates that?

    eg.I packed by my binoculars in my bag and went for a ride on my bicycles.

    See what I mean? Usual the numerical prefixes don't demand a plural: tripod, quadrilateral, pentagon, etc.

    March 31, 2008

  • I always thought that too, bilby. I imagine it just morphed into plural form with long usage.

    March 31, 2008

  • It's OK, reesetee. I think your record of bird-love is well proven and has stood the test of time. :)

    March 31, 2008