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spectacles

Pronunciation: spek'ti-kelz

Definition: Lenses set in a frame that holds them in front of the eyes, used to correct errors of refraction or to protect the eyes. The parts of the spectacles are the lenses; the bridge between the lenses, resting on the nose; the rims or frames, encircling the lenses; the sides or temples that pass on either side of the head to the ears; the bows, the curved extremities of the temples; the shoulders, short bars attached to the rims or the lenses and jointed with the sides.

Synonym(s): eyeglasses, glasses1

[L. specto, pp. -atus, to watch, observe]

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