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Definitions of spectacle

  1. An optical instrument, consisting of two lenses, for assisting the sight; something that aids the intellectual sight; scientific helps. See Species. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. A pair of glasses, with hinged bows, to secure them before the eyes. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. an elaborate and remarkable display on a lavish scale Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a blunder that makes you look ridiculous; used in the phrase `make a spectacle of' yourself Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Something exhibited to view; usually, something presented to view as extraordinary, or as unusual and worthy of special notice; a remarkable or noteworthy sight; a show; a pageant; a gazingstock. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. A spy-glass; a looking-glass. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. An optical instrument consisting of two lenses set in a light frame, and worn to assist sight, to obviate some defect in the organs of vision, or to shield the eyes from bright light. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. Fig.: An aid to the intellectual sight. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. Something displayed to view, especially something unusual or worthy of notice; a pageant or parade; a grand exhibition. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. A sight: show: exhibition:-pl. glasses to assist the sight. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. A show; sight; exhibition. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. A show; something exhibited to view; a pageant; a representation; a sight. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. Something exhibited to view, as a thing unusual, a sight, a pageant; a gazing-stock. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. SPECTACULAR. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

Usage examples for spectacle

  1. More terrible even than the battle itself was the spectacle which this town now presented. – The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete by Frederich Schiller
  2. Here with the aid of further drink the judge became a curious spectacle – Gargoyles by Ben Hecht
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