eye(ī),USA pronunciationn., pl.eyes, (Archaic) ey•en or eyne; v.,eyed, ey•ing or eye•ing. n.
Anatomythe organ of sight, in vertebrates typically one of a pair of spherical bodies contained in an orbit of the skull and in humans appearing externally as a dense, white, curved membrane, or sclera, surrounding a circular, colored portion, or iris, that is covered by a clear, curved membrane, or cornea, and in the center of which is an opening, or pupil, through which light passes to the retina.
Anatomythe aggregate of structures situated within or near the orbit that assist, support, or protect the eye.
Anatomythis organ with respect to the color of the iris:blue eyes.
Anatomythe region surrounding the eye:a black eye; puffy eyes.
sight; vision:a sharp eye.
the power of seeing; appreciative or discriminating visual perception:the eye of an artist.
a look, glance, or gaze:to cast one's eye at a beautiful necklace.
an attentive look, close observation, or watch:to be under the eye of a guard.
regard, view, aim, or intention:to have an eye to one's own advantage.
a manner or way of looking at a thing; estimation; opinion:in the eyes of the law.
a center of light, intelligence, influence, etc.
Clothingsomething resembling or suggesting the eye in appearance, shape, etc., as the opening in the lens of a camera, a peephole, or a buttonhole.
Botanythe bud of a potato, Jerusalem artichoke, etc.
Botanya small, contrastingly colored part at the center of a flower.
Sportthe central spot of a target; bull's-eye.
Fooda choice center cut of meat:an eye of round; the eye of the rib.
Birdsone of the round spots on the tail feathers of a peacock.
Clothingthe hole in a needle.
a hole made in a thing for the insertion of some object, as the handle of a tool:the eye of an ax.
a metal or other ring through which something, as a rope or rod, is passed.
Clothingthe loop into which a hook is inserted.
Electronicsa photoelectric cell or similar device used to perform a function analogous to visual inspection.
Buildinga ring on the end of a tension member, as an eye bar or eye bolt, for connection with another member.
Fooda hole formed during the maturation of cheese, esp. Emmenthaler or Gruyère.
Textilesa loop worked at the end of a rope.
Meteorologythe approximately circular region of relatively light winds and fair weather found at the center of a severe tropical cyclone.
Nautical, Naval Termseyes, the extreme forward part of the upper deck at the bow of a vessel.
Nautical, Naval Terms, Meteorologythe precise direction from which a wind is blowing.
Idiomsan eye for an eye, repayment in kind, as revenge for an injustice.
Idiomsbe all eyes, to give all one's attention to something; look intently.
Idiomscatch someone's eye, to draw or attract someone's attention:to catch the waiter's eye.
Idiomsgive (someone) the eye,[Informal.]to look fixedly at (another person), esp. with obvious admiration; ogle:She ignored the men who were giving her the eye.
Idiomshave an eye for, to have the ability to appreciate distinctions in; be discerning or perceptive about:She has an eye for antique furniture.
Idiomshave eyes only for:
to want no other person or thing but:She was always surrounded by admirers, but she had eyes only for Harry.
to see, or view, or desire to see only. Also, only have eyes for.
in a pig's eye,[Slang.]absolutely notnb; dw d never:In a pig's eye I will!
Idiomskeep an eye on, to watch over attentively:Please keep an eye on my plants while I'm away.
Idiomskeep an eye out for, to be vigilant in looking or watching for:The announcer told his listeners to keep an eye out for the escaped criminal.
Idiomskeep one's eye on the ball, to remain attentive; be especially alert.
Idiomskeep one's eyes open, to be especially alert or observant.
lay, clap, or set eyes on,[Informal.]to catch sight of; see:They had never laid eyes on such a big car before.
Idiomsmake eyes at, to gaze flirtatiously or amorously at.
my eye![Informal.](a mild exclamation of contradiction or surprise):He says he wasn't told about this? My eye!
Idiomsopen one's eyes, to bring someone to a realization of the truth or of something previously unknown:A trip through Asia opened his eyes to the conditions under which millions had to live.
British Terms, Idiomspick the eyes out,[Australia and New Zealand.]to select the best parts or items.
Idiomsrun one's eye over, to glance briefly at; examine hastily.
Idiomssee eye to eye, to have exactly the same opinion; agree:They have never been able to see eye to eye on politics.
Idiomssee with half an eye, to see or realize immediately or with ease:Anyone can see with half an eye that the plan is doomed to fail.
Idiomsshut one's eyes to, to refuse to see or consider; disregard:We can no longer shut our eyes to the gravity of the situation.
Idiomssight for sore eyes, a welcome sight; a pleasant surprise:After our many days in the desert, the wretched village was a sight for sore eyes.
Idiomswith an eye to, with a plan or purpose of:with an eye to one's future.
Idiomswith one's eyes open, aware of the inherent or potential risks:She signed the papers with her eyes open.
to fix the eyes upon; view:to eye the wonders of nature.
to observe or watch narrowly:She eyed the two strangers with suspicion.
to make an eye in:to eye a needle.
[Obs.]to appear to the eye.
eye′a•ble,adj. eye′like′,adj. ey′er,n.
bef. 900; Middle English eie, ie, Old English ēge, variant of ēage; cognate with German Auge; akin to Latin oculus, Greek ó̄ps, Sanskrit akṣi
the organ of sight of animals, containing light-sensitive cells associated with nerve fibres, so that light entering the eye is converted to nervous impulses that reach the brain. In man and other vertebrates the iris controls the amount of light entering the eye and the lens focuses the light onto the retina
(often plural) the ability to see; sense of vision
the visible external part of an eye, often including the area around it
a look, glance, expression, or gaze
a sexually inviting or provocative look (esp in the phrases give (someone) the (glad) eye, make eyes at)
attention or observation (often in the phrases catch someone's eye, keep an eye on, cast an eye over)
ability to recognize, judge, or appreciate
(often plural) opinion, judgment, point of view, or authority: in the eyes of the law
a structure or marking having the appearance of an eye, such as the bud on a twig or potato tuber or a spot on a butterfly wing
a small loop or hole, as at one end of a needle
a small area of low pressure and calm in the centre of a tornado or cyclone
all eyes ⇒ informalacutely vigilant or observant
my eye, all my eye ⇒ informalrubbish; nonsense
an eye for an eye ⇒ retributive or vengeful justice; retaliation
eyes out ⇒ NZwith every possible effort
get one's eye in ⇒ chieflyto become accustomed to the conditions, light, etc, with a consequent improvement in one's performance
half an eye ⇒ a modicum of perceptiveness
have eyes for ⇒ to be interested in
in one's mind's eye ⇒ pictured within the mind; imagined or remembered vividly
in the public eye ⇒ exposed to public curiosity or publicity
keep an eye open, keep an eye out ⇒ to watch with special attention (for)