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A hypothetical prison proposed by Jeremy Bentham, having circular tiers of cells surrounding a central observation tower.
[Earlier, a peepshow device used to exhibit pictures : pan- + Greek optikon, neuter of optikos, optic; see optic.]
1. a round prison in which all cells are visible from the centre point
2. archaic an optical instrument enabling wide views of cities
3. archaic an exhibition room
a building, as a prison or library, so arranged that all parts of the interior are visible from a single point.
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|Noun||1.||panopticon - an area where everything is visible|
area - a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function; "the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"
|2.||panopticon - a circular prison with cells distributed around a central surveillance station; proposed by Jeremy Bentham in 1791|