from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small binocular non-inverting telescope, of a low magnifying power, designed to be used to aid vision in the theater; a lorgnette.


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  • He would give no special heed to any woman whatever; and the better to guard against temptation, he used a cunningly contrived opera-glass which destroyed the harmony of the fairest features by hideous distortions.

    The Magic Skin

  • He took his opera-glass and looked about the theatre to recover countenance.

    A Daughter of Eve

  • I scanned the house meanwhile through my opera-glass, and seemed to lend an inattentive ear to the secretary; but, between ourselves, I was wretched at having burnt his letter.

    Letters of Two Brides

  • Often these dramas are played so naturally and with such a varnish of good taste that even I have to rub the lens of my opera-glass to see to the bottom of them.

    A Marriage Contract

  • The General made no reply to this announcement; but took up his opera-glass — the double-barrelled lorgnon was not invented in those days — and pretended to examine the house; but Rebecca saw that his disengaged eye was working round in her direction, and shooting out bloodshot glances at her and George.

    Vanity Fair

  • He changed his theme, became egotistical, spoke of the wonder of his sleep, of the little life of his memories, remote yet minute and clear, like something seen through an inverted opera-glass, and all the brief play of desires and errors that had made his former life.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • Miss Elizabeth Clapperclaw clapped to the opera-glass with which she had been regarding the new inhabitant of Our Street, came away from the window in a great flurry, and began poking her fire in a fit of virtuous indignation.

    Our Street

  • Parload stood at the open window, opera-glass in hand, and sought and found and was uncertain about and lost again, the new comet.

    In the Days of the Comet

  • To those who know where to look, with a good opera-glass aiding good eyes, it and three fellows that seem in a cluster with it — though they are incredible billions of miles nearer — make just the faintest speck of light.

    A Modern Utopia

  • She bustled, she chattered, she turned and twisted, and smiled upon one, and smirked on another, all in full view of the jealous opera-glass opposite.

    Vanity Fair


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