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gaze

[geyz] /geɪz/
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
1350-1400; Middle English gasen; compare Norwegian, Swedish (dial.) gasa to look
Related forms
gazeless, adjective
gazer, noun
gazingly, adverb
outgaze, verb (used with object), outgazed, outgazing.
ungazing, adjective
Synonyms
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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Examples from the web for gazing
  • But then that would necessitate more than the usual navel gazing and some honest reflection for a change.
  • Modern philosophy appears to be sinking ever deeper into its navel-gazing irrelevance.
  • At the opportune moment he was to tilt his head upward and, gazing heavenward, send a presidential greeting to the astronauts.
  • Imagine yourself gazing at the sky on a summer night.
  • Yet, one student gazing through the telescope eyepiece stubbornly insisted that he was really looking at the moon.
  • gazing up into the sky on a clear night, the heavens can appear as pristine as a mountain stream.
  • Tunnel vision and navel-gazing are bad strategies, here or elsewhere.
  • gazing at the image of a loved one can decrease pain, for example, during a medical procedure.
  • With warm nights coming it's time to do a little star gazing with the kids.
  • Pondering how time is recorded in the rock record is, to me, akin to gazing at the stars and contemplating our universe.
British Dictionary definitions for gazing

gaze

/ɡeɪz/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to look long and fixedly, esp in wonder or admiration
noun
2.
a fixed look; stare
Derived Forms
gazer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Swedish dialect gasa to gape at
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Word Origin and History for gazing

gaze

v.

late 14c., probably of Scandinavian origin (cf. Norwegian, Swedish dialectal gasa "to gape"), perhaps related somehow to Old Norse ga "heed" (see gawk). Related: Gazed; gazing.

n.

1540s, "thing stared at;" 1560s as "long look," from gaze (v.).

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gazing in Medicine

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


gaze v.
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