gaze [geyz] /geɪz/ Show IPA verb, gazed, gazing, noun
verb (used without object)
to look steadily and intently, as with great curiosity, interest, pleasure, or wonder.
a steady or intent look.
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.
1350–1400; Middle English gasen; compare Norwegian, Swedish (dial.) gasa to look
outgaze, verb (used with object), outgazed, outgazing.
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.