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  • n. Plural form of spectacle.
  • n. A pair of lenses set in a frame worn on the nose and ears in order to correct deficiencies in eyesight or to ornament the face.

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  • n. optical instrument consisting of a frame that holds a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision


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  • • Finally, what about the ne'er-do-well who grabbed the spectacles from the face of uber novelist Jonathan Franzen?


  • Reputable companies supplying vintage spectacles from the fifties will be able to give an indication on how robust the frames are likely to be but it is likely that they too will be able to offer any cast-iron guarantees, for the same reason.

    Framed Vintage | SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Collectibles

  • Mrs. Heffley, enigmatic behind the twin zeroes of her spectacles, is a shrewd dispenser of domestic justice, while Mr. H (a Civil War nut) tends to do his parenting in lunges of impetuous dad-ness.

    Revenge of the Wimps

  • My father swore by Kodachrome, taking off his thick-rimmed Philip Larkin spectacles to peer myopically through viewfinders.

    Brownie Points

  • It was obvious once you knew it, of course — the surfeit of art galleries, the way the men were all muscular and fit and shaved, the bars filled with hot chicks in spectacles dancing with each other — but the thing is, as a kid, only the proudest and most confident people tell you, "Hey, I'm gay."

    The Terrible Secret Of Provincetown, or: Even A Stopped Clock

  • He has a beautiful daughter Gafas (which in Moro language signifies "cotton," and in Spanish "spectacles"), who attended the American School.

    The Philippine Islands

  • In a manuscript written in 1299 by Pissazzo, the author says: "I find myself so pressed by age that I can neither read nor write without those glasses they call spectacles, lately invented, to the great advantage of poor old men when their sight grows weak."

    Scientific American Supplement No. 822, October 3, 1891

  • He was a Magyar, a little dark, sharp-featured fellow in spectacles, and very talkative; he had been a medical student, but had abandoned his training for lack of money.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • When an expostulation by a woman juror — an elderly lady in spectacles who kept a sweetshop, and appeared to wish she was back there — had been summarily quashed by the coroner, the jury departed to view the body.

    Whose Body?

  • Asiatic is a cruel beast, and delights in spectacles of human suffering.

    Chapter 15


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  • Gafas // Similar meaning: glasses

    October 19, 2007