sight for sore eyes


noun, plural eyes (Archaic) eyen or eyne.
the organ of sight, in vertebrates typically one of a pair of spherical bodies contained in an orbit of the skull and in humans appearing externally as a dense, white, curved membrane, or sclera, surrounding a circular, colored portion, or iris, that is covered by a clear, curved membrane, or cornea, and in the center of which is an opening, or pupil, through which light passes to the retina.
the aggregate of structures situated within or near the orbit that assist, support, or protect the eye.
this organ with respect to the color of the iris: blue eyes.
the region surrounding the eye: a black eye; puffy eyes.
sight; vision: a sharp eye.
the power of seeing; appreciative or discriminating visual perception: the eye of an artist.
a look, glance, or gaze: to cast one's eye at a beautiful necklace.
an attentive look, close observation, or watch: to be under the eye of a guard.
regard, view, aim, or intention: to have an eye to one's own advantage.
a manner or way of looking at a thing; estimation; opinion: in the eyes of the law.
a center of light, intelligence, influence, etc.
something resembling or suggesting the eye in appearance, shape, etc., as the opening in the lens of a camera, a peephole, or a buttonhole.
the bud of a potato, Jerusalem artichoke, etc.
a small, contrastingly colored part at the center of a flower.
the central spot of a target; bull's-eye.
a choice center cut of meat: an eye of round; the eye of the rib.
one of the round spots on the tail feathers of a peacock.
the hole in a needle.
a hole made in a thing for the insertion of some object, as the handle of a tool: the eye of an ax.
a metal or other ring through which something, as a rope or rod, is passed.
the loop into which a hook is inserted.
Electronics. a photoelectric cell or similar device used to perform a function analogous to visual inspection.
Building Trades. a ring on the end of a tension member, as an eye bar or eye bolt, for connection with another member.
a hole formed during the maturation of cheese, especially Emmenthaler or Gruyère.
a loop worked at the end of a rope.
Meteorology. the approximately circular region of relatively light winds and fair weather found at the center of a severe tropical cyclone.
eyes, Nautical. the extreme forward part of the upper deck at the bow of a vessel.
Nautical. the precise direction from which a wind is blowing.
verb (used with object), eyed, eying or eyeing.
to fix the eyes upon; view: to eye the wonders of nature.
to observe or watch narrowly: She eyed the two strangers with suspicion.
to make an eye in: to eye a needle.
verb (used without object), eyed, eying or eyeing.
Obsolete. to appear to the eye.
an eye for an eye, repayment in kind, as revenge for an injustice.
be all eyes, to give all one's attention to something; look intently.
catch someone's eye, to draw or attract someone's attention: to catch the waiter's eye.
give (someone) the eye, Informal. to look fixedly at (another person), especially with obvious admiration; ogle: She ignored the men who were giving her the eye.
have an eye for, to have the ability to appreciate distinctions in; be discerning or perceptive about: She has an eye for antique furniture.
have eyes only for,
to want no other person or thing but: She was always surrounded by admirers, but she had eyes only for Harry.
to see, or view, or desire to see only.
Also, only have eyes for.
in a pig's eye, Slang. absolutely not; never: In a pig's eye I will!
keep an eye on, to watch over attentively: Please keep an eye on my plants while I'm away.
keep an eye out for, to be vigilant in looking or watching for: The announcer told his listeners to keep an eye out for the escaped criminal.
keep one's eye on the ball, to remain attentive; be especially alert.
keep one's eyes open, to be especially alert or observant.
lay/clap/set eyes on, Informal. to catch sight of; see: They had never laid eyes on such a big car before.
make eyes at, to gaze flirtatiously or amorously at.
my eye!, Informal. (a mild exclamation of contradiction or surprise): He says he wasn't told about this? My eye!
open one's eyes, to bring someone to a realization of the truth or of something previously unknown: A trip through Asia opened his eyes to the conditions under which millions had to live.
pick the eyes out, Australia and New Zealand. to select the best parts or items.
run one's eye over, to glance briefly at; examine hastily.
see eye to eye, to have exactly the same opinion; agree: They have never been able to see eye to eye on politics.
see with half an eye, to see or realize immediately or with ease: Anyone can see with half an eye that the plan is doomed to fail.
shut one's eyes to, to refuse to see or consider; disregard: We can no longer shut our eyes to the gravity of the situation.
sight for sore eyes, a welcome sight; a pleasant surprise: After our many days in the desert, the wretched village was a sight for sore eyes.
with an eye to, with a plan or purpose of: with an eye to one's future.
with one's eyes open, aware of the inherent or potential risks: She signed the papers with her eyes open.

before 900; Middle English eie, ie, Old English ēge, variant of ēage; cognate with German Auge; akin to Latin oculus, Greek ṓps, Sanskrit akṣi

eyeable, adjective
eyelike, adjective
eyer, noun
undereye, noun, verb (used with object), undereyed, undereying or undereyeing.
uneyeable, adjective

aye, eye, I. Unabridged


the power or faculty of seeing; perception of objects by use of the eyes; vision.
an act, fact, or instance of seeing.
one's range of vision on some specific occasion: Land is in sight.
a view; glimpse.
mental perception or regard; judgment.
something seen or worth seeing; spectacle: the sights of London.
Informal. something unusual, surprising, shocking, or distressing: They were a sight after the fight.
presentation of a bill of exchange: a draft payable at two months after sight.
a showing of goods, especially gems, held periodically for wholesalers.
Older Use. a multitude; great deal: It's a sight better to work than to starve.
an observation taken with a surveying, navigating, or other instrument to ascertain an exact position or direction.
any of various mechanical or optical viewing devices, as on a firearm or surveying instrument, for aiding the eye in aiming.
Obsolete. skill; insight.
verb (used with object)
to see, glimpse, notice, or observe: to sight a ship to the north.
to take a sight or observation of (a stake, coastline, etc.), especially with surveying or navigating instruments.
to direct or aim by a sight or sights, as a firearm.
to provide with sights or adjust the sights of, as a gun.
verb (used without object)
to aim or observe through a sight.
to look carefully in a certain direction.
at first sight, at the first glimpse; at once: It was love at first sight.
at sight,
immediately upon seeing, especially without referring elsewhere for assurance, further information, etc.: to translate something at sight.
Commerce. on presentation: a draft payable at sight.
catch sight of, to get a glimpse of; espy: We caught sight of the lake below.
know by sight, to recognize (a person or thing) seen previously: I know him by sight, but I know nothing about him.
not by a long sight, Informal. definitely not: Is that all? Not by a long sight.
on/upon sight, immediately upon seeing: to shoot him on sight; to recognize someone on sight.
out of sight,
beyond one's range of vision.
Informal. beyond reason; exceedingly high: The price is out of sight.
Slang. (often used interjectionally) fantastic; marvelous: a ceremony so glamorous it was out of sight.
sight for sore eyes, someone or something whose appearance on the scene is cause for relief or gladness.
sight unseen, without previous examination: to buy something sight unseen.

before 950; Middle English (noun); Old English sihth (more often gesihth, gesiht; cognate with German Gesicht face; cf. y-), derivative of sēon to see1; see -th1

sightable, adjective
sighter, noun
resight, verb (used with object)
undersight, noun

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eye1 (aɪ)
1.  the organ of sight of animals, containing light-sensitive cells associated with nerve fibres, so that light entering the eye is converted to nervous impulses that reach the brain. In man and other vertebrates the iris controls the amount of light entering the eye and the lens focuses the light onto the retinaRelated: ocular, oculate, ophthalmic, optic
2.  (often plural) the ability to see; sense of vision: weak eyes
3.  the visible external part of an eye, often including the area around it: heavy-lidded eyes; piercing eyes
4.  a look, glance, expression, or gaze: a stern eye
5.  a sexually inviting or provocative look (esp in the phrases give (someone) the (glad) eye, make eyes at)
6.  attention or observation (often in the phrases catch someone's eye, keep an eye on, cast an eye over)
7.  ability to recognize, judge, or appreciate: an eye for antiques
8.  (often plural) opinion, judgment, point of view, or authority: in the eyes of the law
9.  a structure or marking having the appearance of an eye, such as the bud on a twig or potato tuber or a spot on a butterfly wing
10.  a small loop or hole, as at one end of a needle
11.  a small area of low pressure and calm in the centre of a tornado or cyclone
12.  See photocell
13.  informal See private eye
14.  informal all eyes acutely vigilant or observant: the children were all eyes
15.  informal my eye, all my eye rubbish; nonsense
16.  an eye for an eye retributive or vengeful justice; retaliation
17.  (Caribbean) cut one's eye after someone, cut one's eye at someone, cut one's eye on someone to look rudely at a person and then turn one's face away sharply while closing one's eyes: a gesture of contempt
18.  (NZ) eyes out with every possible effort: he went at the job eyes out
19.  chiefly sport get one's eye in to become accustomed to the conditions, light, etc, with a consequent improvement in one's performance
20.  half an eye
 a.  a modicum of perceptiveness: anyone with half an eye can see she's in love
 b.  continuing unobtrusive observation or awareness: the dog had half an eye on the sheep
21.  have eyes for to be interested in: she has eyes only for him
22.  in one's mind's eye pictured within the mind; imagined or remembered vividly
23.  in the public eye exposed to public curiosity or publicity
24.  keep an eye open, keep an eye out to watch with special attention (for)
25.  keep one's eyes peeled, keep one's eyes skinned to watch vigilantly (for)
26.  look someone in the eye to look at someone openly and without shame or embarrassment
27.  old-fashioned make eyes, make sheep's eyes to ogle amorously
28.  more than meets the eye hidden motives, meaning, or facts
29.  (Austral), (NZ) pick the eyes out to select the best parts or pieces (of)
30.  see eye to eye to agree (with)
31.  (usually used with a negative) set eyes on, lay eyes on, clap eyes on to see: she had never laid eyes on him before
32.  nautical the eye of the wind the direction from which the wind is blowing
33.  turn a blind eye to, close one's eyes to to pretend not to notice or ignore deliberately
34.  up to one's eyes extremely busy (with)
35.  with a … eye in a … manner: he regards our success with a jealous eye
36.  (preposition) with an eye to, having an eye to
 a.  regarding; with reference to: with an eye to one's own interests
 b.  with the intention or purpose of: with an eye to reaching agreement
37.  with one's eyes open in the full knowledge of all relevant facts
38.  with one's eyes shut
 a.  with great ease, esp as a result of thorough familiarity: I could drive home with my eyes shut
 b.  without being aware of all the facts
vb , eyes, eyeing, eying, eyed
39.  to look at carefully or warily
40.  Also: eye up to look at in a manner indicating sexual interest; ogle
Related: ocular, oculate, ophthalmic, optic
[Old English ēage; related to Old Norse auga, Old High German ouga, Sanskrit aksi]

eye2 (aɪ)
another word for nye

sight (saɪt)
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
22.  (tr)
 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 see1]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. ege (Mercian), eage (W. Saxon), from P.Gmc. *augon, from PIE *oqw- "to see" (cf. Skt. akshi "the eye, the number two," Gk. opsis "a sight," Goth. augo, O.C.S. oko, Lith. akis, L. oculus, Armenian aku). Until late 14c. the plural was in -an, hence modern dial. plural een, ene. The verb is first recorded
1560s. Related: Eyed; eyeing. The eye of a needle was in O.E.; to see eye to eye is from Isa. lii.8. Eye contact attested by 1965. Eye-opener "anything that informs and enlightens" is from 1863. Have an eye on "keep under supervision" is attested from early 15c.

O.E. gesiht, gesihð "thing seen," from P.Gmc. *sekh(w)- (cf. Dan. sigte, Swed. sigt, M.Du. sicht, Du. zicht, O.H.G. siht, Ger. Sicht, Gesicht), stem of O.E. seon (see see). Meaning "perception or apprehension by means of the eyes" is from early 13c. Meaning "device on a
firearm to assist in aiming" is from 1580s; the verb in this sense is from 1842.
"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.
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Medical Dictionary

eye (ī)

  1. An organ of vision or of light sensitivity.

  2. Either of a pair of hollow structures located in bony sockets of the skull, functioning together or independently, each having a lens capable of focusing incident light on an internal photosensitive retina from which nerve impulses are sent to the brain; the organ of vision.

  3. The external, visible portion of this organ together with its associated structures, especially the eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows.

  4. The pigmented iris of this organ.

  5. The faculty of seeing; vision.

sight (sīt)

  1. The ability to see.

  2. Field of vision.

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  1. Anatomy The vertebrate organ of sight, composed of a pair of fluid-filled spherical structures that occupy the orbits of the skull. Incoming light is refracted by the cornea of the eye and transmitted through the pupil to the lens, which focuses the image onto the retina.

  2. Zoology An organ in invertebrates that is sensitive to light. See more at compound eye, eyespot.

  3. Botany A bud on a tuber, such as a potato.

  4. Meteorology The relatively calm area at the center of a hurricane or similar storm. See more at hurricane.

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Cultural Dictionary

eye definition

The organ of sight. Some of its parts are the cornea, iris, lens, optic nerve, pupil, and retina.

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Eye definition

(Heb. 'ain, meaning "flowing"), applied (1) to a fountain, frequently; (2) to colour (Num. 11:7; R.V., "appearance," marg. "eye"); (3) the face (Ex. 10:5, 15; Num. 22:5, 11), in Num. 14:14, "face to face" (R.V. marg., "eye to eye"). "Between the eyes", i.e., the forehead (Ex. 13:9, 16). The expression (Prov. 23:31), "when it giveth his colour in the cup," is literally, "when it giveth out [or showeth] its eye." The beads or bubbles of wine are thus spoken of. "To set the eyes" on any one is to view him with favour (Gen. 44:21; Job 24:23; Jer. 39:12). This word is used figuratively in the expressions an "evil eye" (Matt. 20:15), a "bountiful eye" (Prov. 22:9), "haughty eyes" (6:17 marg.), "wanton eyes" (Isa. 3:16), "eyes full of adultery" (2 Pet. 2:14), "the lust of the eyes" (1 John 2:16). Christians are warned against "eye-service" (Eph. 6:6; Col. 3:22). Men were sometimes punished by having their eyes put out (1 Sam. 11:2; Samson, Judg. 16:21; Zedekiah, 2 Kings 25:7). The custom of painting the eyes is alluded to in 2 Kings 9:30, R.V.; Jer. 4:30; Ezek. 23:40, a custom which still prevails extensively among Eastern women.

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