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sight

I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
an eye test/a sight test
▪ All children starting school are given a sight test.
be a sight/joy/pleasure etc to behold
▪ The beauty of the garden was a pleasure to behold.
can’t stand the sight of
▪ I know he can’t stand the sight of me.
familiar sight
▪ Beggars on the street are becoming a familiar sight.
know...by sight (=I often see her but have not really spoken to her)
▪ I only know her by sight.
lose sight of sth (=forget an important fact about a situation)
▪ We must never lose sight of the fact that man must work in harmony with nature.
lose sight of sth/sb (=stop being able to see someone or something)
▪ Don’t try to walk in a heavy snowstorm as you may lose sight of your vehicle.
lose your sight/hearing/voice/balance etc
▪ Mr Eyer may lose the sight in one eye.
▪ The tour was postponed when the lead singer lost his voice.
▪ Julian lost his balance and fell.
love at first sight (=when you love someone as soon as you meet them)
▪ For Marion and Ron it was love at first sight.
not a soul in sight/not a soul to be seen
▪ The night was dark and still, and there was not a soul in sight.
out of sight (=too far away to be seen)
▪ Karen waved until the car was out of sight.
partially sighted
▪ Reading aids have been provided for partially sighted pupils.
pitiful sight
▪ The refugees were a pitiful sight.
restore sb’s sight/hearing (=make someone who cannot hear or who is blind, hear or see again)
second sight
shoot...on sight (=shoot them as soon as they see them)
▪ The guards have orders to shoot intruders on sight.
sorry sight
▪ the sorry sight of so many dead animals
the end is in sight (=near)
▪ After a three year wait, the end is finally in sight.
unedifying spectacle/sight/scene etc
▪ the unedifying spectacle of players attacking the referee
vanished from sight
▪ The bird vanished from sight.
within sight/earshot (of sth) (=close enough to see or hear)
▪ As she came within sight of the house, she saw two men getting out of a car.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
beautiful
▪ The Doctor had offered her a journey to see some of the beautiful sights of the universe.
▪ She had been six years old then and she had thought the fireworks the most beautiful sight in the world.
▪ The boats connect all major tourist attractions allowing you to enjoy the beautiful sights of Amsterdam on the way.
▪ After the audience had accustomed their eyes to the flash, they beheld a subtle and beautiful sight.
▪ Here you may see the beautiful sight of a huge flock of flamingos landing on the lake.
damn
▪ Actually, a damn sight more than from that stiff gherkin Smott.
▪ Perhaps not up there with Wilburforce but a damn sight more daring than anything Diana ever did!
▪ If the place was dry it was going to be a damn sight tougher to manipulate them.
▪ I prefer my women a little older and a damn sight more sober.
familiar
▪ The most familiar form of sight deposit are current accounts at banks.
▪ Ravage, because there was so much of it, became a familiar sight, almost comfortable.
▪ They were local lave-net fisherman, a familiar sight in this part of the county.
▪ It was already a familiar sight from the windows of the classroom block of the Entally Convent.
▪ Home-Made Angels was inspired by the familiar sight of hot-air balloons in the skies above Bristol.
▪ His combination of business suits and cowboy boots quickly became a familiar sight in San Diego and Tijuana.
▪ Rose Hill, already a familiar sight around Milton Keynes, may soon be recognised worldwide.
pretty
▪ Goebbels is here to show the pretty Magda the sights of Paris.
▪ It may turn out to be a pleasant surprise or a not-so-#pretty sight.
▪ It's not a pretty sight to finish in a classic fire and fall position.
▪ And now we have the unlikely and not altogether pretty sight of Bob Dole tearing up in public like a road-company Pagliacci.
▪ It is not a pretty sight to see people so hurt.
▪ Not a pretty sight -- they went far beyond editorial endorsement.
▪ Afterwards I visited the boys and they were not a pretty sight.
▪ It's really a pretty sight, captain, built of Tennessee marble like one of those old palaces in Florence.
rare
▪ The guests fell upon the centaurs and drove them out of the country, so they are now a rare sight indeed.
▪ Ragged children run up to approaching cars with delight because motorized vehicles are a rare sight.
▪ In the big clashes it was a rare sight.
▪ Mountain lions, once a rare sight, are becoming almost commonplace.
▪ Nowadays it's a rare sight.
▪ A rare sight! - empty seats in a meeting room.
▪ Leicester then began to indulge themselves in some fancy patterns-a rare sight.
▪ I felt very privileged to have stumbled upon such a rare sight.
sorry
▪ It was, I now thought, a sorry sight.
▪ It was a sorry and sordid sight.
▪ It became a sorry sight: a ghost of grandeur.
strange
▪ At High Tea, Dot was glad when he saw her staring and tidied the strange hand out of sight beneath the table.
▪ When they were all sitting in a row on the top of the wall they looked down and saw a strange sight.
▪ It was no longer a strange sight to see blind men at a spectacle.
▪ What a strange sight, but even that seemed to belong where it was.
▪ Chesarynth gripped it convulsively at the strange sight of people milling around.
▪ For thousands of years, this strange sight has frightened millions, and has been thought to portend evil or calamitous events.
▪ I must have made a strange sight, crumpled up on the floor trying to read that opening paragraph.
▪ It was a strange sight: a blind man at a spectacle.
■ VERB
behold
▪ From Mount Ampenan, and over the rocky coastline and long golden beaches is a sight to behold.
▪ When they were on, they were a sight to behold.&038;.
▪ Nor was it just the execution that attracted them, for the procession itself was a sight to behold.
▪ The Transit Authority meetings are a sight to behold.
▪ His face was not a pleasant sight to behold on awakening.
▪ It was a sight to behold!
▪ All in all a lovely sight to behold.
▪ Four feet eleven inches of skin and bone, but a terrible sight to behold when roused.
catch
▪ The inner door stood open and through it she caught sight of Eleanor Shergold sitting in one of the pews.
▪ As they neared James River and caught sight of our gunboats, a cheer went up from each regiment.
▪ She made a face at his back, but her expression quickly changed to concern when she caught sight of his arm.
▪ But only the lucky and the sharp-eyed will catch sight of a kangaroo.
▪ We catch a sight of an earlier world in the bare words of this charter.
▪ The child shot into the living room, caught sight of Quinn, and stopped dead in his tracks.
▪ All I could offer was a hatchback whose tyres puncture as soon as it catches sight of anything other than motorway.
▪ Daylight was dawning; a troop of horses coming from Latium caught sight of the shining helmet of Euryalus and challenged him.
disappear
▪ It disappeared from sight behind the slope of the hill.
▪ It disappears out of sight very suddenly.
▪ So, since he is disappearing from sight, he has dyed his hair black, eyebrows, too.
▪ Within seconds of the Wheel disappearing from sight the red glow was extinguished.
▪ The vagrants from the casual ward had disappeared at the sight of the policeman; the street was empty.
▪ He sat well, she thought, as she watched him turn round the stable wall and disappear out of sight.
▪ In a few seconds, he had disappeared from sight.
▪ As they disappeared from sight, a bout of shivering swept over Jack.
hide
▪ More easily now, he made his way along the roof-tops, hidden from sight by the forest of chimney stacks.
▪ Her body had been hidden from sight by the cauldron.
▪ I kept my hands clasped tightly to avoid the habitual gesture of hiding myself from sight.
keep
▪ They're going to try to keep within sight of Fergal.
▪ She was easy to keep in sight, but she walked fast.
▪ It has kept the remnants of sight in a place where it can see nothing.
▪ Challenged by geochemists, I have followed the plume as high as I could by keeping the smoke in sight.
▪ Deposed leaders Bangor rekindled their challenge with a five wicket win over Ruthin to keep Marchwiel in their sights.
▪ They often get lost because they have not kept the airfield in sight and within easy gliding range.
▪ She had kept out of sight, not wishing them to see the tears coursing down her face.
▪ Owner's tip: Keep the tranquillisers out of sight.
let
▪ Richard, as a baby, would never let her out of his sight, cried if she left him.
▪ I wasn't going to show him I wouldn't let him out of my sight.
▪ Won't let me out of his sight for a minute, he said.
▪ Scamperin' round the market whenever I let her out of my sight.
▪ Oh, well, it would give her two bodyguards if she didn't ever let them out of her sight.
▪ But Harley never lets it out of his sight.
lose
▪ Andrew Miles was born blind in his left eye and lost his sight completely at 26 due to glaucoma.
▪ Certainly, it can not be said that the years since then have lost sight of that fact.
▪ Now and then they lost sight of him below the skyline.
▪ He says the talking drivers twist their necks as they talk and so lose sight of their road horizon.
▪ Often Lambert lost sight of the other two.
▪ It is easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
▪ Now that they have the power to act, they should not lose sight of it.
▪ Effective change leaders, like those in the Minnesota story remain vigilant against losing sight of performance.
seem
▪ Individual points along a spectrum, on the other hand, seem at first sight to be insufficiently distinguished from one another.
▪ Now that the end at last seemed in sight, he thought he might hazard a look.
▪ His characters seem at first sight useless or even perverse.
▪ The conception about reacting mechanically to events is not a purely materialistic one, as it may seem at first sight.
▪ Here we were, approaching the sixth wartime Christmas and still the end didn't seem to be in sight.
▪ Other relationships seem at first sight to be benign.
▪ This is not as heretical a suggestion as it might seem at first sight.
▪ Claudius made two other arrangements which seem at first sight to be highly anomalous.
set
▪ Sofa Head's greatest asset is the realisation that you don't have to set your sights on one target.
▪ That was how it was with Master Yehudi: the better things went for us, the higher he set his sights.
▪ Take action to further your ambitions and be sure to set your sights high.
▪ Wagner set his sights on a degree in electrical engineering, and he followed his star with a fervid intensity.
▪ Not hard to imagine she'd set her sights also on Perkin.
▪ And Bettman has set his sights high.
▪ Having set our investment in bricks and mortar, we're now setting our sights on the future.
▪ Both women were certain early on that they wanted a high-profile career related to politics and set their sights on achieving it.
shoot
▪ He was shot dead in sight of hundreds of diners at kerbside restaurants in Calvi on the night of Aug. 21.
▪ It was almost deserted - looters were shot on sight and anyone who could flee had fled.
▪ The army has since been ordered to shoot demonstrators on sight.
▪ Even if it was restricted, an army guard doesn't shoot visitors on sight.
▪ Tell them to shoot on sight.
▪ The anarchist paper Freiheit, in opposition to the Marxists, thought Eleanor should have been shot on sight upon arriving.
stand
▪ They ran inside, and we stood out of sight under an apple tree.
▪ Understand why Sylvie couldn't stand the sight of the girl.
▪ I can not stand the sight of the doll, I hate her.
▪ As she stood up she caught sight of her reflection in the fly-spotted mirror.
▪ He stood just out of sight and listened for the lift.
▪ On the contrary, he can't stand the sight of it.
vanish
▪ Here the linguistic cocoon is spun to such complexity that the characters and narrative structure sometimes vanish from sight.
▪ The rest of us heard a thin squeak, and started calling for her as she had vanished from sight.
▪ One of the galleys had vanished from sight.
▪ Within a few seconds it flew on again, vanishing from sight and hearing.
▪ Persons can vanish utterly from sight for these reasons.
▪ She vanished from sight, but Hippolytus, too, was gone.
▪ The shore had vanished from sight.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a damn sight more/better etc
▪ Actually, a damn sight more than from that stiff gherkin Smott.
▪ I prefer my women a little older and a damn sight more sober.
▪ Perhaps not up there with Wilburforce but a damn sight more daring than anything Diana ever did!
a darn sight better/harder etc
at first glance/sight
▪ After months of waiting, it was hardly love at first sight, he admits.
▪ At first glance this will probably sound strange, yet there is a way in which it is also logical.
▪ At first glance, it looked like unalloyed good news.
▪ At first glance, the place seemed deserted.
▪ It was love at first sight.
▪ This is not as heretical a suggestion as it might seem at first sight.
▪ What was inside the cradles at first sight terrified me.
at first glance/sight
▪ At first glance this will probably sound strange, yet there is a way in which it is also logical.
▪ At first glance, it looked like unalloyed good news.
▪ At first glance, the place seemed deserted.
catch sight of sb/sth
▪ As she caught sight of the house, Breeze came to an abrupt standstill, nearly falling over her own feet.
▪ As they neared James River and caught sight of our gunboats, a cheer went up from each regiment.
▪ He had first caught sight of her riding in a ploughed field beyond the barbed wire perimeter of the air base.
▪ I caught sight of Bobby doing bench presses on a Universal machine near the far wall.
▪ In that sorrowful but lovely spot, shaded with groves of myrtle, Aeneas caught sight of Dido.
▪ Jeopardy's eyes slid to the left and he caught sight of Lucien.
▪ Meryl caught sight of two female journalists, trendy in jumpsuits, their faces hard and confident.
▪ The crowd in the barroom had caught sight of Mulcahey and called for him to come in.
come into view/sight
▪ A tall figure came into view, then just as quickly vanished.
▪ As we drive on, the Willapa Hills of coastal Washington come into view.
▪ Soon Carol's home comes into view They're home!
▪ Southampton went wild when the Friendship came into view.
▪ The airfield came into view and Y positioned for the approach.
▪ The bell tower came into view, a square slim block of stone separated from the church by a dozen yards.
▪ The hills had now come into view, and I enjoyed the grand spectacle of Mount Blue ahead.
▪ They passed the copse and the lights of a large Elizabethan house came into view.
have your heart/sights set on sth
▪ Teng is thought to have her sights set on the Board of Supervisors' presidency.
▪ But do the public have their sights set on an Urbanizer?
▪ If you have your hearts set on a joint endowment, you have two alternatives to cashing in the present one.
▪ Many of the Keishinkai parents have their hearts set on Keio.
▪ Movie sniper Jude Law and Rachel Weisz are covered in mud but still have their sights set on desire.
heave in sight/into view
in plain sight
▪ I couldn't believe they'd left the drugs and needles right out in plain sight.
▪ Thou shalt not leave illegal things lying around in plain sight.
not a pretty sight
▪ Are you sure you want to come in? It's not a pretty sight.
▪ Afterwards I visited the boys and they were not a pretty sight.
▪ All directors, including Spielberg, grow up, and in this film the result is not a pretty sight.
▪ He is not a pretty sight.
▪ It's not a pretty sight to finish in a classic fire and fall position.
▪ It is not a pretty sight to see people so hurt.
▪ What these portraits give you is a glimpse of Lowry's psychic state, and it's not a pretty sight.
set your heart/mind/sights on (doing) sth
▪ But where there are sellers there are buyers, and it was this latter rare species we had set our sights on.
▪ Gazing intently into her computer screen, Christine Montgomery has set her sights on the next generation of electronic language translators.
▪ He knew he was bound to pull any girl he set his mind on - he always had.
▪ Heath had set her sights on the U. S. Senate seat from Colorado.
▪ Her youth and beauty elicited a predictable reaction from my father, who set his sights on her at once.
▪ Sofa Head's greatest asset is the realisation that you don't have to set your sights on one target.
▪ Wagner set his sights on a degree in electrical engineering, and he followed his star with a fervid intensity.
▪ Yes, she thought, if Tamar had set her mind on something she would never rest until it was accomplished.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ 'Has Peter got any sight at all now?' 'Only partial sight, in one eye.'
▪ Even Charles cheered up at the sight of the food.
▪ Gavin looked a sorry sight -- his jaw was broken, and he had a black eye.
▪ Homeless kids are now a familiar sight on London's streets.
▪ I can't stand the sight of blood.
▪ It was a sight so awe-inspiring we could have stayed for hours.
▪ It was our first sight of land after 15 months at sea.
▪ Nicole has suffered since birth from impaired sight as a result of cerebral palsy.
▪ No further sightings of the fur seal were reported until the early 90s.
▪ She lost her sight at the age of 12 following an illness.
▪ She recently underwent an operation to restore her sight.
▪ Stretch limousines are a common sight in Los Angeles.
▪ Sunrise over the Himalayas is a magnificent sight.
▪ the first sighting of Halley's Comet
▪ The superintendent issued orders to shoot looters and arsonists on sight.
▪ There are five senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch.
▪ We looked at the huge crowd gathering below us. 'It's quite a sight, isn't it?'
▪ We saw all the important sights on our first day in Chicago.
▪ When I met my husband, it was love at first sight.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ At times you can lose sight of a player you are controlling as part of the court turns out of your sight.
▪ But then how many laughs can there be in a man fainting at the sight of his child being born?
▪ Home-Made Angels was inspired by the familiar sight of hot-air balloons in the skies above Bristol.
▪ It was a ludicrous but terrifying sight.
▪ So even two-player matches are like watching two top pros playing, albeit without the glorious sight of their beer bellies!
▪ There was no one else in sight.
▪ Through it all, Daley stayed out of sight.
▪ When he got home, he went to the kitchen looking for Puny and saw instead an unusual sight in his backyard.
II.verb
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a damn sight more/better etc
▪ Actually, a damn sight more than from that stiff gherkin Smott.
▪ I prefer my women a little older and a damn sight more sober.
▪ Perhaps not up there with Wilburforce but a damn sight more daring than anything Diana ever did!
a darn sight better/harder etc
at first glance/sight
▪ After months of waiting, it was hardly love at first sight, he admits.
▪ At first glance this will probably sound strange, yet there is a way in which it is also logical.
▪ At first glance, it looked like unalloyed good news.
▪ At first glance, the place seemed deserted.
▪ It was love at first sight.
▪ This is not as heretical a suggestion as it might seem at first sight.
▪ What was inside the cradles at first sight terrified me.
at first glance/sight
▪ At first glance this will probably sound strange, yet there is a way in which it is also logical.
▪ At first glance, it looked like unalloyed good news.
▪ At first glance, the place seemed deserted.
have your heart/sights set on sth
▪ Teng is thought to have her sights set on the Board of Supervisors' presidency.
▪ But do the public have their sights set on an Urbanizer?
▪ If you have your hearts set on a joint endowment, you have two alternatives to cashing in the present one.
▪ Many of the Keishinkai parents have their hearts set on Keio.
▪ Movie sniper Jude Law and Rachel Weisz are covered in mud but still have their sights set on desire.
in plain sight
▪ I couldn't believe they'd left the drugs and needles right out in plain sight.
▪ Thou shalt not leave illegal things lying around in plain sight.
not a pretty sight
▪ Are you sure you want to come in? It's not a pretty sight.
▪ Afterwards I visited the boys and they were not a pretty sight.
▪ All directors, including Spielberg, grow up, and in this film the result is not a pretty sight.
▪ He is not a pretty sight.
▪ It's not a pretty sight to finish in a classic fire and fall position.
▪ It is not a pretty sight to see people so hurt.
▪ What these portraits give you is a glimpse of Lowry's psychic state, and it's not a pretty sight.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ A mountain lion was sighted in the local area last night.
▪ At least ten birds have been sighted feeding on the lake this year.
▪ The missing boys were sighted by a rescue helicopter.
▪ We sighted a fishing boat in the distance.
▪ When the haze cleared, the sailors sighted land straight ahead.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Black cap, white throat and grasshopper warbler had been sighted.
▪ Each sighting results in the discovery of either a female axis or white-tailed deer.
▪ From base camp the summit was barely visible, so on sighting the route our surprise was all the greater.
▪ In the wild, they can often be sighted migrating in bevies of a hundred or more birds.
▪ One sighting had no bodies but it had sardines.
▪ The sighting of the whale, Ahab cries, was meant for him, and then he is lowered to the deck.
▪ The following day, shortly after lunch, we sighted Koraloona on the horizon.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sight

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.]

  1. 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.

  2. 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.
    --Shak.

    O loss of sight, of thee I most complain!
    --Milton.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.
    --Spenser.

  5. The instrument of seeing; the eye.

    Why cloud they not their sights?
    --Shak.

  6. Inspection; examination; as, a letter intended for the sight of only one person.

  7. Mental view; opinion; judgment; as, in their sight it was harmless.
    --Wake.

    That which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
    --Luke xvi. 15.

  8. 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.
    --Shak.

  9. 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.
    --Farrow.

  10. 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.

  11. 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)

    1. A front sight through which the objects aimed at may be seen, in distinction from one that hides the object.

    2. 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 \Sight\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Sighting.]

  1. To get sight of; to see; as, to sight land; to sight a wreck.
    --Kane.

  2. To look at through a sight; to see accurately; as, to sight an object, as a star.

  3. 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 \Sight\, v. i. (Mil.) To take aim by a sight.

Wikipedia

Sight (film)

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).

Sight (device)

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 (disambiguation)

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
Wiktionary

sight

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).

WordNet

sight

v. catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes; "he caught sight of the king's men coming over the ridge"

sight

  1. n. an instance of visual perception; "the sight of his wife brought him back to reality"; "the train was an unexpected sight"

  2. anything that is seen; "he was a familiar sight on the television"; "they went to Paris to see the sights"

  3. the ability to see; the faculty of vision [syn: vision, visual sense, visual modality]

  4. a optical instrument for aiding the eye in aiming, as on a firearm or surveying instrument

  5. a range of mental vision; "in his sight she could do no wrong"

  6. the range of vision; "out of sight of land" [syn: ken]

  7. the act of looking or seeing or observing; "he tried to get a better view of it"; "his survey of the battlefield was limited" [syn: view, survey]

  8. (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

sight

1550s, "look at, view, inspect," from sight (n.). From c.1600 as "get sight of," 1842 as "take aim along the sight of a firearm." Related: Sighted; sighting.

sight

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.