opera glass
noun Date: 1738 a small low-power binocular without prisms for use at the opera or theater — often used in plural

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  • Opera glass — Opera Op er*a ([o^]p [ e]r*[.a]), n. [It., fr. opera work, composition, opposed to an improvisation, fr. L. opera pains, work, fr. opus, operis, work, labor: cf. F. op[ e]ra. See {Operate}.] 1. A drama, either tragic or comic, of which music… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • opera glass — ˈ ̷ ̷( ̷ ̷) ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : a small binocular optical instrument similar to the field glass and adapted for use at the opera or theater often used in plural * * * opera glass or opera glasses noun Small binoculars used by audiences in the theatre …   Useful english dictionary

  • opera glass — noun A pair of small low powered binoculars for use at a theatrical performance. Talbot, I said, you have an opera glass. Let me have it. An opera glass ! no ! what do you suppose I would be doing with an opera glass ? …   Wiktionary

  • opera-glass — teatriniai žiūronai statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. opera glass vok. Opernglas, n rus. бинокль, m pranc. jumelles, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • opera-glass — n. Lorgnette …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • opera-glass hand — a pawlike hand marked by telescoping of the fingers caused by absorption of the phalanges, seen in chronic arthritis …   Medical dictionary

  • diagonal opera glass — Polemoscope Po*lem o*scope, n. [Gr. ? war + scope: cf. F. pol[ e]moscope.] An opera glass or field glass with an oblique mirror arranged for seeing objects that do not lie directly before the eye; called also {diagonal opera glass}, or {side… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • side opera glass — Polemoscope Po*lem o*scope, n. [Gr. ? war + scope: cf. F. pol[ e]moscope.] An opera glass or field glass with an oblique mirror arranged for seeing objects that do not lie directly before the eye; called also {diagonal opera glass}, or {side… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Opera — Op er*a ([o^]p [ e]r*[.a]), n. [It., fr. opera work, composition, opposed to an improvisation, fr. L. opera pains, work, fr. opus, operis, work, labor: cf. F. op[ e]ra. See {Operate}.] 1. A drama, either tragic or comic, of which music forms an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Opera box — Opera Op er*a ([o^]p [ e]r*[.a]), n. [It., fr. opera work, composition, opposed to an improvisation, fr. L. opera pains, work, fr. opus, operis, work, labor: cf. F. op[ e]ra. See {Operate}.] 1. A drama, either tragic or comic, of which music… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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