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in reference to spy-glasses or binoculars, 1905, from the firm founded by German optical instrument manufacturer Carl Zeiss (1816-1888).

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  • zeiss of Jena, towards the end of 1890, introduced his first series of "anastigmats."

  • Well, now I will stop, and use my zeiss glass on the land, which is getting nearer.

  • To make sure, I sent my first officer up to the fore-top with an excellent zeiss glass.

  • At luncheon-time, when I was about half-way, I sat down with my zeiss glass—my mother's farewell gift—to look for the valley.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • The best-known prismatic telescopes are the zeiss field-glasses.

    How it Works Archibald Williams
  • It is a symmetrical lens, and in this different from the zeiss anastigmats that preceded it.

  • This adjusting of a glass for a fixed distance can be seen with deer-stalking telescopes and zeiss glasses.

  • The index of refraction of the above solution may be taken with the zeiss immersion refractometer or with the Abbe refractometer.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • But I forgot to yank down those dark filters over the ends of the zeiss.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • He chattered endlessly of saddlery, revolvers, sleeping bags, and zeiss glasses.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell

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