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saccade

[sa-kahd, suh-] /sæˈkɑd, sə-/
noun
1.
the act of checking a horse quickly with a single strong pull of the reins.
2.
Ophthalmology. the series of small, jerky movements of the eyes when changing focus from one point to another.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < French saccade jerk, jolt, orig., movement of a horseman who abruptly pulls the reins, equivalent to Middle French saqu(er) to pull violently (N dialectal variant of Old French sachier, ultimately derivative of sac sack1, hence presumably with sense “withdraw from a sack”) + -ade -ade1
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British Dictionary definitions for saccade

saccade

/səˈkɑːd; -ˈkeɪd/
noun
1.
the movement of the eye when it makes a sudden change of fixation, as in reading
2.
a sudden check given to a horse
Word Origin
C18: from French: a jerk on the reins of a horse
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Word Origin and History for saccade
n.

1705, from French saccade "a jerk," from obsolete saquer "to shake, pull," dialectal variant of Old French sachier, ultimately from Latin saccus "sack" (see sack (n.1)). Related: Saccadic.

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saccade in Medicine

saccade sac·cade (sā-käd', sə-)
n.
A rapid intermittent eye movement, as that which occurs when the eyes fix on one point after another in the visual field.


sac·cad'ic (-kä'dĭk) adj.
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