[buh-nok-yuh-ler, bahy-]
Usually, binoculars. Also called pair of binoculars, prism binoculars. an optical device, providing good depth effect, for use with both eyes, consisting of two small telescopes fitted together side by side, each telescope having two prisms between the eyepiece and objective for erecting the image.
involving both eyes: binocular vision.

1705–15; bin- + ocular

binocularity, noun
binocularly, adverb Unabridged
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binocular (bɪˈnɒkjʊlə, baɪ-)
involving, relating to, seeing with or intended for both eyes: binocular vision
[C18: from bi-1 + Latin oculus eye]

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Word Origin & History

1738, "involving both eyes," from Fr. binoculaire, from L. bini "two by two, twofold, two apiece" (especially of matching things) + ocularis "of the eye," from oculus "eye" (see eye). The double-tubed telescopic instrument (1871, short for binocular glass) earlier was called a binocle (1690s).
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binocular bin·oc·u·lar (bə-nŏk'yə-lər, bī-)
Adapted to the use of both eyes. Used of an optical instrument.

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binocular   (bə-nŏk'yə-lər)  Pronunciation Key 

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Adjective   Relating to or involving both eyes at once, as in binocular vision.

Noun   An optical device, such as a pair of field glasses, consisting of two small telescopes, designed for use by both eyes at once. Often used in the plural as binoculars.
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Example sentences
But surgeons are likely to wait for the full-colour, binocular version, which
  will be better for viewing medical images.
Our binocular vision combines the two views into one three-dimensional image.
In theory, binocular rivalry is a simple phenomenon.
We all have predator's eyes-forward facing with binocular vision-and move to
  the kitchen, where breakfast is prey.
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