|1.||the power or faculty of seeing; perception by the eyes; visionRelated: optical, visual|
|2.||the act or an instance of seeing|
|3.||the range of vision: within sight of land|
|4.||range of mental vision; point of view; judgment: in his sight she could do nothing wrong|
|5.||a glimpse or view (esp in the phrases catch sight of, lose sight of)|
|6.||anything that is seen|
|7.||(often plural) anything worth seeing; spectacle: the sights of London|
|8.||informal anything unpleasant or undesirable to see: his room was a sight!|
|9.||any of various devices or instruments used to assist the eye in making alignments or directional observations, esp such a device used in aiming a gun|
|10.||an observation or alignment made with such a device|
|11.||an opportunity for observation|
|12.||obsolete insight or skill|
|13.||informal a sight a great deal: she's a sight too good for him|
|14.||a sight for sore eyes a person or thing that one is pleased or relieved to see|
|15.||at sight, on sight|
|a. as soon as seen|
|b. on presentation: a bill payable at sight|
|16.||know by sight to be familiar with the appearance of without having personal acquaintance: I know Mr Brown by sight but we have never spoken|
|17.||informal not by a long sight on no account; not at all|
|18.||out of sight|
|a. slang not visible|
|b. extreme or very unusual|
|c. (as interj.): that's marvellous!|
|19.||set one's sights on to have (a specified goal) in mind; aim for|
|20.||sight unseen without having seen the object at issue: to buy a car sight unseen|
|21.||(tr) to see, view, or glimpse|
|a. to furnish with a sight or sights|
|b. to adjust the sight of|
|23.||to aim (a firearm) using the sight|
|Related: optical, visual|
|[Old English sihth; related to Old High German siht; see |
"Verily, truth is sight. Therefore if two people should come disputing, saying, 'I have seen,' 'I have heard,' we should trust the one who says 'I have seen.' " [Brhadaranyaka Upanishad 5.14.4]Sight for sore eyes "welcome visitor" is attested from 1738; sight unseen "without previous inspection" is from 1892. Sight gag first attested 1957.
The ability to see.
Field of vision.
out of sight
Also, out of someone's sight. Out of the range of vision, as in Stay out of sight while they're visiting, or Don't let the baby out of your sight in the yard. [c. 1200] This idiom is also used in the phrase get out of someone's sight, meaning "go away"; for example, Jean was furious with Bill and told him to get out of her sight at once.
Unreasonable, excessive, as in Our bill for the wine was out of sight. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
Excellent, superb, as in The graduation party was out of sight. This phrase is also used as an interjection meaning "Wonderful!" as in Do I like it? Out of sight! [Slang; second half of 1900s]
out of sight, out of mind. What is absent is soon forgotten, as in I don't think of them unless they send a Christmas cardout of sight, out of mind, I guess. This phrase has been proverbial since Homer's time; the earliest recorded use in English was about 1450.