spectacle


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spectacle

[′spek·tə·kəl]
(zoology)
A colored marking in the form of rings around the eyes, as in certain birds, reptiles, and mammals (as the raccoon).

Spectacle

Speed (See SWIFTNESS.)
Aïda
opera renowned for its scenic grandeur; sometimes played with on-stage elephants. [Ital. Opera: Verdi Aïda in Benét, 16]
Barnum and Bailey circus
“greatest show on earth,” famed for outstanding displays. [Am. Culture: Collier’s, V, 110]
Birth of a Nation, The D. W.
Griffith’s monumental Civil War film. [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 51]
Ziegfeld Follies
elaborate New York musical entertainment (1907–1931) with gorgeous settings and dancers. [Am. Theater: NCE, 3045]
Folies Bergère
opulent musical show in Paris featuring dancers, rich costumes and scenery. [Fr. Theater: EB (1972 ed.), IX, 515]
References in classic literature ?
However, the Pumpkinhead and the Saw-Horse, knowing nothing of wealth and beauty, paid little attention to the wonderful sights they saw through their green spectacles. They calmly followed after the green soldier and scarcely noticed the crowds of green people who stared at them in surprise.
"Not I, pious Master Pigsnort," said the man with the spectacles. "I never laid such a great folly to thy charge."
"Well said, Master Poet!" cried he of the spectacles. "Hide it under thy cloak, sayest thou?
'Well said, Master Poet!' cried he of the spectacles. 'Hide it under thy cloak, sayest thou?
The Cynic, having cast aside his spectacles, wandered about the world, a miserable object, and was punished with an agonizing desire of light, for the wilful blindness of his former life.
Then the green man fitted spectacles for the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman and the Lion, and even on little Toto; and all were locked fast with the key.
Featherstone here looked over his spectacles at Fred, while he handed back the letter to him with a contemptuous gesture, "you don't suppose I believe a thing because Bulstrode writes it out fine, eh?"
Featherstone, curtly, keeping on his spectacles, but withdrawing his hands under his wraps.
The old gentleman with the spectacles gradually dozed off, over the little bit of parchment; and there was a short pause, after Oliver had been stationed by Mr.
'You're a rough speaker, my friend, but you look an honest, open-hearted man,' said the old gentleman: turning his spectacles in the direction of the candidate for Oliver's premium, whose villainous countenance was a regular stamped receipt for cruelty.
Ossipon had a vision of these round black-rimmed spectacles progressing along the streets on the top of an omnibus, their self- confident glitter falling here and there on the walls of houses or lowered upon the heads of the unconscious stream of people on the pavements.
The large round spectacles, which gave a look of staring self- confidence to the sallow face, confronted Ossipon like sleepless, unwinking orbs flashing a cold fire.