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electric eye

Origin of electric eye
1925-1930
1925-30
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  • An electric eye noted that fact and a light in front of Cade turned on.

    All Day September Roger Kuykendall
  • But at the receiving station there is what may be called an "electric eye."

    How it Works Archibald Williams
  • The hammer on each bar of the long metal xylophone of the electric eye signal hung motionless.

    The Trap Betsy Curtis
  • As she reached the irising door in the bulkhead, an electric eye opened it for her.

    A World Called Crimson Darius John Granger
  • So, when I pass before a light in the wall that plays on one electric eye, it causes the door to open.

    Whispers at Dawn Roy J. Snell
  • A mechanism containing an electric eye changes those light impulses back into sound impulses.

    Whispers at Dawn Roy J. Snell
  • Stonecypher moved his permit in ineffectual passes before the electric eye.

    Thy Rocks and Rills Robert Ernest Gilbert
  • I heard father say they were going to have an electric eye, that could see through walls and things.

    Esther's Charge Evelyn Everett-Green
  • I suppose it's a sort of familiar spirit that does it, but the electric eye has got something to do with it.

    Esther's Charge Evelyn Everett-Green
British Dictionary definitions for electric eye

electric eye

noun
1.
another name for photocell
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