sight


sight
sight [sīt]
n.
[ME siht < OE (ge)siht < base of seon, to SEE1]
1.
a) something seen; view
b) a remarkable or spectacular view; spectacle
c) a thing worth seeing usually used in pl. [the sights of the city]
2. the act of seeing; perception by the eyes
3. a view; look; glimpse
4. any of various devices used to aid the eyes in lining up a gun, optical instrument, etc. on its objective
5. aim or an observation taken with mechanical aid, as on a sextant or gun
6. the faculty or power of seeing; vision; eyesight
7. mental vision or perception
8. range or field of vision
9. mental view; opinion; judgment [a hero in our sight]
10. Informal any person or thing of a strikingly unpleasant or unusual appearance
11. Dial. a large amount; great deal [a sight better than fighting]
12. obs. var. of INSIGHT
vt.
1. to observe or examine by taking a sight
2. to catch sight of; see
3. to bring into the sights of a rifle, etc.; aim at
4.
a) to furnish with sights or a sighting device
b) to adjust the sights of
5. to aim (a gun, etc.) using the sights
vi.
1. to take aim or an observation with a sight
2. to look carefully in a specified direction [sight along the line]
adj.
1. read, done, understood, etc. quickly and easily as soon as seen
2. due or payable when presented [a sight draft]
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a sight for sore eyes
Informal a person or thing that is pleasant to see; welcome sight
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at first sight
when seen or considered for the first time
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at sight or on sight
1. when or as soon as seen
2. Commerce upon demand or presentation
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by sight
by appearance; by recognizing but not through being acquainted
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catch sight of
1. to make out by means of the eyes; discern; see
2. to see briefly; glimpse
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lose sight of
1. to fail to keep in sight; see no longer
2. to fail to keep in mind; forget
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not by a long sight
1. not nearly
2. not at all
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out of sight
1. not in sight
2. far off; remote
3. Informal beyond reach; unattainable; extremely high, as in standards, price, etc.
4. Slang excellent; wonderful
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out of sight of
1. not in sight
2. not close or near to; remote from
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sight unseen
without seeing (the thing mentioned) beforehand

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • sight — (n.) O.E. gesiht, gesihð thing seen, from P.Gmc. *sekh(w) (Cf. Dan. sigte, Swed. sigt, M.Du. sicht, Du. zicht, O.H.G. siht, Ger. Sicht, Gesicht), stem of O.E. seon (see SEE (Cf. see) (v.)). Meaning …   Etymology dictionary

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