WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Anatomythe organ of sight;
in animals with backbones, one of a pair of rounded bodies in the skull with muscles and nerves.
- [usually: singular] sight;
vision: The marksman had a sharp eye.
- [usually: singular] the power of seeing and appreciating something through vision: an artistic eye.
- a look, glance, or gaze: to cast one's eye upon a scene.
- an attentive look;
observation: under the watchful eyes of the guards.
- point of view;
intention: through the eyes of a ten-year-old.
opinion: innocent in the eyes of the law.
- Clothingsomething suggesting the eye in appearance, as the opening in the lens of a camera or a hole in a needle.
v. [~ + object]
- to look at;
watch:eyed the strangers with suspicion.
- Idiomsbe all eyes, to be extremely attentive;
to pay great attention:She was all eyes as the magician began his act.
- Idiomscatch someone's eye, to attract someone's attention:She caught my eye as I moved toward the door.
- Idiomshave an eye for, [~ + object] have good judgment about or appreciation for:He has an eye for bargains.
- Idiomshave eyes for, [have + -s + for + object] to be attracted to:She only has eyes for you.
- Idiomskeep one's eyes open, [no object] to be especially alert or observant:The guards were told to keep their eyes open for a possible escape.
- Idiomsmake eyes at, [make + ~-s + at + object] to glance at in a flirting way;
- Idiomssee eye to eye, to agree:We finally see eye to eye after our misunderstanding.
- Physiology the power or ability of seeing;
vision:[uncountable]suffering from a gradual loss of sight.
- the act or fact of seeing;
a view or glimpse:[countable]a gruesome sight.
- one's range of vision:[uncountable]Don't let them out of your sight.
- something seen or worth seeing;
a spectacle:[countable]to see all the sights of London.
- Informal Terms a person or thing unusual, shocking, or distressing to see:[countable; usually singular;a + ~]He was quite a sight after the brawl.
- Slang Terms[Chiefly Dialect.]a great deal:[countable; singular;a + ~]It's a sight better to work than to starve.
- Surveying, Optics a viewing device, as on a firearm, for aiding the eye in aiming:[countable; often: plural]The assassin had the target lined up in his sights.
- to glimpse, notice, or observe:[~ + object]to sight a ship to the north.
- to direct or aim (a firearm or the like) by a sight or sights: [no object]to sight and fire with one quick movement.[~ + object]to sight the gun.
- Idiomsat first sight, [uncountable] after only one brief glimpse:When they met it was love at first sight.
- Idiomsat sight, [uncountable]
- immediately upon seeing:to translate the document at sight.
- Businesson presentation:a check payable at sight.
- by a long sight, [uncountable; usually with a negative word or phrase] to a great or extreme degree:You haven't finished this book by a long sight.
- Idiomscatch sight of, [~ + object] to get a quick view:They caught sight of him racing away in the crowd.
- know by sight, [know + object + by + ~] to know or recognize (a person or thing seen previously):I know him by sight, but I've never spoken to him.
- lose sight of, [~ + object] to fail to keep in mind:Let's not lose sight of our main goal, even though we may disagree on how to get there.
- Idiomson sight, [uncountable] immediately upon seeing:The police are ordered to shoot him on sight.
- Idiomsout of sight, [uncountable]
- beyond one's range of vision:She drove away and slowly faded out of sight.
- [Informal.]too much;
exceedingly high:The price is out of sight.
- [Slang.](often used as an interjection) fantastic;
marvelous:The party was out of sight.
- Idiomssight for sore eyes, [uncountable] someone or something whose appearance is a reason for gladness:The airplane bringing the food was a sight for sore eyes to the drought victims.
- Idiomssight unseen, without previous examination:We bought it sight unseen.
v., eyed, ey•ing or eye•ing.
- 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.
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;
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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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.
- bef. 900; Middle English eie, ie, Old English ēge, variant of ēage; cognate with German Auge; akin to Latin oculus, Greek ó̄ps, Sanskrit akṣi
- Physiologythe power or faculty of seeing;
perception of objects by use of the eyes;
- an act, fact, or instance of seeing.
- one's range of vision on some specific occasion:Land is in sight.
- a view;
- mental perception or regard;
- something seen or worth seeing;
spectacle:the sights of London.
- Informal Termssomething unusual, surprising, shocking, or distressing:They were a sight after the fight.
- Businesspresentation of a bill of exchange:a draft payable at two months after sight.
- Businessa showing of goods, esp. gems, held periodically for wholesalers.
- Slang Terms[Older Use.]a multitude;
great deal:It's a sight better to work than to starve.
- Surveyingan observation taken with a surveying, navigating, or other instrument to ascertain an exact position or direction.
- Surveying, Opticsany of various mechanical or optical viewing devices, as on a firearm or surveying instrument, for aiding the eye in aiming.
- at first sight, at the first glimpse;
at once:It was love at first sight.
- at sight:
- immediately upon seeing, esp. without referring elsewhere for assurance, further information, etc.:to translate something at sight.
- Business[Com.]on presentation:a draft payable at sight.
- catch sight of, to get a glimpse of;
espy:We caught sight of the lake below.
- know by sight, to recognize (a person or thing) seen previously:I know him by sight, but I know nothing about him.
- Informal Termsnot by a long sight, definitely not:Is that all? Not by a long sight.
- on or upon sight, immediately upon seeing:to shoot him on sight; to recognize someone on sight.
- out of sight:
- beyond one's range of vision.
- [Informal.]beyond reason;
exceedingly high:The price is out of sight.
- [Slang.](often used interjectionally) fantastic;
marvelous:a ceremony so glamorous it was out of sight.
- sight for sore eyes, someone or something whose appearance on the scene is cause for relief or gladness.
- sight unseen, without previous examination:to buy something sight unseen.
- to see, glimpse, notice, or observe:to sight a ship to the north.
- Surveyingto take a sight or observation of (a stake, coastline, etc.), esp. with surveying or navigating instruments.
- to direct or aim by a sight or sights, as a firearm.
- to provide with sights or adjust the sights of, as a gun.
- to aim or observe through a sight.
- to look carefully in a certain direction.
- bef. 950; Middle English (noun, nominal); Old English sihth (more often gesihth, gesiht; cognate with German Gesicht face; compare y-), derivative of sēon to see1; see -th1