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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 spec·ta·cle /ˈspɛktɪkəl ||ˌtɪkəl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Spec·ta·cle n.
 1. 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.
    O, piteous spectacle? O, bloody times!   --Shak.
 2. A spy-glass; a looking-glass. [Obs.]
 Poverty a spectacle is, as thinketh me,
 Through which he may his very friends see.   --Chaucer.
 3. pl. 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.
 4. pl. Fig.: An aid to the intellectual sight.
    Shakespeare . . . needed not the spectacles of books to read nature.   --Dryden.
 Syn: -- Show; sight; exhibition; representation; pageant.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: something or someone seen (especially a notable or unusual
           sight); "the tragic spectacle of cripples trying to
      2: an elaborate and remarkable display on a lavish scale
      3: a blunder that makes you look ridiculous; used in the phrase
         `make a spectacle of' yourself