Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having or relating to one eye.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or intended for use by only one eye.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having only one eye. Also monoculate.
  • Of or referring to one eye or vision with one eye: suited or intended for the use of one eye only.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having only one eye; with one eye only.
  • adjective Adapted to be used with only one eye at a time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having one eye.
  • adjective Related to a monocle.
  • adjective Of any optical system suitable for use by one eye at a time.
  • noun rare A monocle.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Late Latin monoculus, having one eye; see monocle.]

Examples

  • 502 As has been noticed (vol.i. 333), the monocular is famed for mischief and men expect the mischief to come from his blinded eye.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Aiding the sightseeing was a simple viewing device called a monocular—half of a set of binoculars.

    First Man

  • Aiding the sightseeing was a simple viewing device called a monocular—half of a set of binoculars.

    First Man

  • Aiding the sightseeing was a simple viewing device called a monocular—half of a set of binoculars.

    First Man

  • Aiding the sightseeing was a simple viewing device called a monocular—half of a set of binoculars.

    First Man

  • It’s about disinvesting in the monocular, which is why it’s “innovative” – read, threatening to the status quo because it reinvests in a society that can support radical difference between members.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • It’s about disinvesting in the monocular, which is why it’s “innovative” – read, threatening to the status quo because it reinvests in a society that can support radical difference between members.

    Autoportraits: Conversation with Stacy Szymaszek

  • The one-eyed have no depth perception, though André de Toth, director of one the first 3D movies, the 1953 House of Wax, was monocular, and he wasn't the only one-eyed director; Samuel Fuller, Nicholas Ray, Raoul Walsh and John Ford all sported eyepatches at one time or another – all of them pace the screamingly camp Johnny Guitar the sort of heavy-drinking he-men you don't often see coming out of film schools these days.

    Anne Billson – Cutter's Way and the great tradition of the film eyepatch

  • I wouldn't put it past the monocular bed-wetter and his minions - if they think it'll keep their grubby paws on power, they'll go for it.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • In clarification, what I meant to say was that we have a monocular Jock cretin claiming to be in charge, who can't even manage his own bladder control, much less the economy .

    Outrage over Clarkson 'Idiot' Jibe

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