gaze

[geyz]
verb (used without object), gazed, gazing.
1.
to look steadily and intently, as with great curiosity, interest, pleasure, or wonder.
noun
2.
a steady or intent look.
3.
at gaze, Heraldry. (of a deer or deerlike animal) represented as seen from the side with the head looking toward the spectator: a stag at gaze.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English gasen; compare Norwegian, Swedish (dial.) gasa to look

gazeless, adjective
gazer, noun
gazingly, adverb
outgaze, verb (used with object), outgazed, outgazing.
ungazing, adjective


1. Gaze, stare, gape suggest looking fixedly at something. To gaze is to look steadily and intently at something, especially at that which excites admiration, curiosity, or interest: to gaze at scenery, at a scientific experiment. To stare is to gaze with eyes wide open, as from surprise, wonder, alarm, stupidity, or impertinence: to stare unbelievingly or rudely. Gape is a word with uncomplimentary connotations; it suggests open-mouthed, often ignorant or rustic wonderment or curiosity: to gape at a tall building or a circus parade.
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gaze (ɡeɪz)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to look long and fixedly, esp in wonder or admiration
 
n
2.  a fixed look; stare
 
[C14: from Swedish dialect gasa to gape at]
 
'gazer
 
n

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gaze
late 14c., of Scand. origin (cf. Norw., Sw. dial. gasa "to gape"), related somehow to O.N. ga "heed." Related: Gazed; gazing.
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Medical Dictionary

gaze (gāz)
n.
The act of looking steadily in one direction for a period of time.


gaze v.
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Example sentences
Gaze at something long enough and deeply enough and you are almost certain to
  find things you didn't expect.
Her gaze returns: she looks at it for twice as long as she did at the previous
  card.
If you keep your gaze fixed, others will instinctively get out of the way.
And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
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