sight has definitions from the fields of optics,physiology
[ noun ] an instance of visual perception


"the sight of his wife brought him back to reality" "the train was an unexpected sight"

Used in print

(Glayds H. Barr, The Master of Geneva....)

For an instant John longed for the sound of the bells of Noyon-la-Sainte , the touch of his mother 's hand , the lilt of Charles 's voice in the square raftered rooms , his father 's bass tones rumbling to the canons , and the sight of the beloved bishop .

(Leon Uris, Mila 8....)

At a siding , another train which was a familiar sight these days .

(Bruce Palmer, "My Brother's Keeper", Many Are...)

The men in the boats had started yelling happily at first sight of the officer , two of them calling him Billy .

(John Cheever, "The Brigadier and the Golf Widow,"...)

He was tired , he had his business worries , and the sight of his wife arranging pork_chops in the broiler only seemed like an extension of a boring day .

(Octavia Waldo, A Cup of the Sun....)

Suddenly he was interrupted in his daydreaming by a warm wetness lapping against his chin , and his eyes opened wide and long at the sight of a goat 's claret tongue , feasting against the salt taste of him .

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[ noun ] anything that is seen


"he was a familiar sight on the television" or "they went to Paris to see the sights"

Used in print

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)

Inheriting a more mature Mantle , who now has seen the sights on and off Broadway , Ralph_Houk quietly bestowed , no pun intended , the mantle of authority on Mickey .

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

The apparatus used by gymnasts was once a common sight in American gyms , but about 1930 it was in_favor_of games .

Well stretched , trained in posture and coordinated movement , and wedded to rhythm , they presented the audiences in Rome with one of the most beautiful sights ever seen at any Olympic contest .

(Stephen Longstreet, Eagles Where I Walk....)

The fish_hawk flew_on and was lost from sight .

(John Dos Passos, Midcentury....)

To be on the safe side I never let Eileen get_out of my sight day or night .

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display spectacle

[ noun ] (physiology) the ability to see; the faculty of vision

Used in print

(William S. Haymond, "Is Distance an Original...)

The underlying assumption , of_course , is that only sight and touch enable us , in any precise and fully dependable way , to locate objects in space beyond us , the other senses being decidedly inferior , if_not totally inadequate , in this regard .

Therefore , if the sense_of_touch is functioning normally and there is a complete absence of spatial awareness in a psychically blind person when the eyes are closed and an object is handled , the conclusion seems unavoidable that touch by itself cannot focus and take possession of the third-dimensionality of things and that actual sight or visual representations are necessary .

The authors insist , however , that these abnormalities in the sense_of_touch were due absolutely to no organic disorders in that sense faculty but rather to the injuries which the patient had sustained to the sense of sight .

Because of his brain injury and the extreme damage suffered to his sight , the patient had to train himself for a new line_of_work , that of a portfolio maker , an occupation requiring a great_deal of precision in the making of measurements and a fairly well developed sense of form and contour .

(Robert Penn Warren, Wilderness....)

Back in Bavaria he had seen that gesture , and at that sight his heart had always died within him .

[ verb ] catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes


: "caught sight of the kings men coming over the ridge."

Used in print

(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)

Occasionally they heard gun-shot signals and a number of horsemen were sighted on the hills , disappearing at the posse 's approach .

[ noun ] (optics) a optical instrument for aiding the eye in aiming, as on a firearm or surveying instrument

Used in print

(Alex Gordon, The Cipher....)

He turned his head to the source of the disturbance and instantly back to the window and his rifle sight , dismissing Hoag for_the_moment with the same contempt he had shown in their encounter at Hoag 's apartment .

(Donald J. Plantz, Sweeney Squadron....)

Greg slapped his hand across the switches that turned_on the guns and gun camera and gun sight .

He took a lead on the enemy , using a distance of five of the radii in his circular sight and_then added another .

[ noun ] the act of looking or seeing or observing


view survey


"he tried to get a better view of it" "his survey of the battlefield was limited"

Used in print

(Helen Hooven Santmyer, "There Were Fences"...)

From above one could only occasionally catch_a_glimpse of life on the floor of this green sea : a neighbor 's gingham skirt flashing into sight for an instant on the path beneath her grape-arbor , or the movement of hands above a clothesline and the flutter of garments hung there , half-way down the block .

(Doris Miles Disney, Mrs. Meeker's Money....)

He disliked Garth on sight , conservative clothes and haircut , smile a shade too earnestly boyish for a man who must be well into his thirties , handclasp too consciously quick and firm .

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look eyeful

[ noun ] a range of mental vision


"in his sight she could do no wrong"

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[ noun ] the range of vision




"out of sight of land"

Used in print

(Dan McLachlan, Jr., "Communication Networks and...)

The party is usually in a room small enough so that all guests are within sight and hearing of one another .

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[ noun ] (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent


: "a batch of letters" "a deal of trouble" "a lot of money" "he made a mint on the stock market" "it must have cost plenty"

Used in print

(Jane Gilmore Rushing, "Against the Moon,"...)

`` You 'll be a darn sight more comfortable there , Howard '' , Ernest said , laughing , and they all laughed .