Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Sight \Sight\ (s[imac]t), n. [OE. sight, si[thorn]t, siht, AS. siht, gesiht, gesih[eth], gesieh[eth], gesyh[eth]; akin to D. gezicht, G. sicht, gesicht, Dan. sigte, Sw. sigt, from the root of E. see. See See, v. t.]
The act of seeing; perception of objects by the eye; view; as, to gain sight of land.
A cloud received him out of their sight.
--Acts. i. 9.
The power of seeing; the faculty of vision, or of perceiving objects by the instrumentality of the eyes.
Thy sight is young, And thou shalt read when mine begin to dazzle.
O loss of sight, of thee I most complain!
The state of admitting unobstructed vision; visibility; open view; region which the eye at one time surveys; space through which the power of vision extends; as, an object within sight.
A spectacle; a view; a show; something worth seeing.
Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
--Ex. iii. 3.
They never saw a sight so fair.
The instrument of seeing; the eye.
Why cloud they not their sights?
Inspection; examination; as, a letter intended for the sight of only one person.
Mental view; opinion; judgment; as, in their sight it was harmless.
That which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
--Luke xvi. 15.
A small aperture or optical device through which objects are to be seen, and by which their direction is settled or ascertained; -- used on surveying instruments; as, the sight of a quadrant.
Thier eyes of fire sparking through sights of steel.
An optical device or small piece of metal, fixed or movable, on the breech, muzzle, center, or trunnion of a gun, or on the breech and the muzzle of a rifle, pistol, etc., by means of which the eye is guided in aiming. A telescope mounted on a weapon, such as a rifle, and used for accurate aiming at distant targets is called a telescopic sight.
In a drawing, picture, etc., that part of the surface, as of paper or canvas, which is within the frame or the border or margin. In a frame or the like, the open space, the opening.
A great number, quantity, or sum; as, a sight of money. Note: Sight in this last sense was formerly employed in the best usage. ``A sight of lawyers.'' --Latimer. A wonder sight of flowers. --Gower. At sight, as soon as seen, or presented to sight; as, a draft payable at sight: to read Greek at sight; to shoot a person at sight. Front sight (Firearms), the sight nearest the muzzle. Open sight. (Firearms)
A front sight through which the objects aimed at may be seen, in distinction from one that hides the object.
A rear sight having an open notch instead of an aperture.
Peep sight, Rear sight. See under Peep, and Rear.
Sight draft, an order, or bill of exchange, directing the payment of money at sight.
To take sight, to take aim; to look for the purpose of directing a piece of artillery, or the like.
Syn: Vision; view; show; spectacle; representation; exhibition.
Sight \Sight\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Sighting.]
To get sight of; to see; as, to sight land; to sight a wreck.
To look at through a sight; to see accurately; as, to sight an object, as a star.
To apply sights to; to adjust the sights of; also, to give the proper elevation and direction to by means of a sight; as, to sight a rifle or a cannon.
Sight \Sight\, v. i. (Mil.) To take aim by a sight.
Sight is a 2008 horror film written and directed by Adam Ahlbrandt.
Sight (Keller Williams video)
Sight was a DVD released in 2005. The film is a recording of a two-day concert run by Keller Williams in November 2004 at Mr. Small's theater facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The video includes 100 minutes of concert footage, including covers of songs by The Grateful Dead (Ship of Fools), Ani DiFranco (Swing) and Harold Arlen/ Ted Koehler (Stormy Weather).
A sight is a device used to assist aligning or aim weapons, surveying instruments, or other items by eye. Sights can be a simple set or system of markers that have to be aligned together as well as aligned with the target (referred to as an iron sights on firearms). They can also be optical devices that allow the user to see the image of an aligned aiming point in the same focus as the target. These include telescopic sights and reflector (or "reflex") sights. There are also sights that project an aiming point onto the target itself, such as laser sights.
Sight of Sights may refer to:
- Visual perception
- An object of sightseeing, a point of interest
- Sight (device), used to assist aim by guiding the eye
- Sight, an angular measurement in celestial navigation
- Sight (Keller Williams video), a 2005 concert DVD by Keller Williams
- The Sight (film), a 2000 television film directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and starring Andrew McCarthy, Kevin Tighe, Amanda Redman, and Michaela Dicker
- The Sight (film), a 1985 film based on a short story by Brian Moore
- Sight (film), a 2008 film
- The Sight (Hunter novel), the first book of the Warriors: Power of Three novel series by Erin Hunter
- The Sight (Clement-Davies novel), a book about wolves by David Clement-Davies
- The Sight (short story), by Brian Moore
- The Sights, a band
- Sights, a track and a single from album If You Wait
n. 1 (context in the singular English) The ability to see. 2 The act of seeing; perception of objects by the eye; view. 3 Something seen. 4 Something worth seeing; a spectacle. 5 A device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target. 6 A small aperture through which objects are to be seen, and by which their direction is settled or ascertained. 7 (context now colloquial English) a great deal, a lot; (non-gloss definition: frequently used to intensify a comparative). 8 In a drawing, picture, etc., that part of the surface, as of paper or canvas, which is within the frame or the border or margin. In a frame, the open space, the opening. 9 (context obsolete English) The instrument of seeing; the eye. 10 Mental view; opinion; judgment. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To register visually. 2 (context transitive English) To get sight of (something).
v. catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes; "he caught sight of the king's men coming over the ridge"
n. an instance of visual perception; "the sight of his wife brought him back to reality"; "the train was an unexpected sight"
anything that is seen; "he was a familiar sight on the television"; "they went to Paris to see the sights"
a optical instrument for aiding the eye in aiming, as on a firearm or surveying instrument
a range of mental vision; "in his sight she could do no wrong"
the range of vision; "out of sight of land" [syn: ken]
(often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "it must have cost plenty" [syn: batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, muckle, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad, whole lot, whole slew]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English sihð, gesiht, gesihð "thing seen; faculty of sight; aspect; vision; apparition," from Proto-Germanic *sekh(w)- (cognates: Danish sigte, Swedish sigt, Middle Dutch sicht, Dutch zicht, Old High German siht, German Sicht, Gesicht), stem that also yielded Old English seon (see see (v.)), with noun suffix -th (2), later -t.\nVerily, 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]\nMeaning "perception or apprehension by means of the eyes" is from early 13c. Meaning "device on a firearm to assist in aiming" is from 1580s. A "show" of something, hence, colloquially, "a great many; a lot" (late 14c.). Sight for sore eyes "welcome visitor" is attested from 1738; sight unseen "without previous inspection" is from 1892. Sight gag first attested 1944. Middle English had sighty (late 14c.) "visible, conspicuous; bright, shining; attractive, handsome;" c.1400 as "keen-sighted;" mid-15c. as "discerning" (compare German sichtig "visible").
Usage examples of "sight".
Leaving the cripple ablaze, settling, and pouring volcanic black smoke from the flammable cargo, he swung around in a long approach to what looked like a big troop Carrier, by far the fattest target in sight.
His sight, which had troubled him at intervals, became affected, and a celebrated oculist spoke of abnormality, asymetry of the pupils.
The very sight of the awesome Forest aborigines, with their fanged muzzles agape and their taloned hands hovering near their weapons, was enough to convert the dance-bone cheaters to instant integrity.
But thus far there had been no other craft sighted on the waters, although smokes were visible from the many Aliansa village sites and a small group of aborigines was spied netting fish in the shallows.
On the 17th of April the Essex came in sight of Chatham Island, one of the largest, and remained cruising in the neighborhood of the group till the beginning of June, when want of water compelled her to go to Tumbez, a port on the continent just abreast of the Galapagos.
If he wept at the sight of an old tapestry which represented the crime and punishment of the son of Chosroes, if his days were abridged by grief and remorse, we may allow some pity to a parricide, who exclaimed, in the bitterness of death, that he had lost both this world and the world to come.
StregaSchloss on the end of a moth-eaten damask curtain was a bad idea, or maybe the sight of the Borgia money going to such an undeserving home had simply robbed the estate lawyer of the will to live, but miraculously his abseiling suicide attempt didnt kill him.
Reckless and stupid enough to strike at a busy inn in the heart of a bustling city that was bound to be acrawl with wizards, at the bright height of day and in full sight of all, parading around the sky on a conjured nightwyrm.
The area was adazzle with all of the floodlights working and the generator throbbed away out of sight somewhere.
There were still some addax antelope down in the dunes, but mostly the local sheiks had sportingly shot them out, using high-powered rifles with telescopic sights from the backs of Land Rovers.
It appears, therefore, at first sight that greasing the tips of these radicles had checked but little their bending to the adjoining damp surface.
Adikor, speaking directly to the adjudicator, before the orbiting Bolbay blocked his line of sight again.
The sight of his head, when it was exposed to the eyes of the people, convinced them of their deliverance, and admonished them to receive with acclamations of loyalty and gratitude the fortunate Constantine, who thus achieved by his valor and ability the most splendid enterprise of his life.
To see this young and beautiful woman surrounded by her children, adored by her family, seemed to me a beautiful sight.
You, with all your deep adoring love for me, became all at once blind to my sorrow, whatever care I took to make it clear to your sight.