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Gaze \Gaze\ (g[=a]z), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gazed (g[=a]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. Gazing.] [OE. gasen, akin to dial. Sw. gasa, cf. Goth. us-gaisjan to terrify, us-geisnan to be terrified. Cf. Aghast, Ghastly, Ghost, Hesitate.] To fix the eyes in a steady and earnest look; to look with eagerness or curiosity, as in admiration, astonishment, or with studious attention.

Why stand ye gazing up into heaven?
--Acts i. 11.

Syn: To gape; stare; look.

Usage: To Gaze, Gape, Stare. To gaze is to look with fixed and prolonged attention, awakened by excited interest or elevated emotion; to gape is to look fixedly, with open mouth and feelings of ignorant wonder; to stare is to look with the fixedness of insolence or of idiocy. The lover of nature gazes with delight on the beauties of the landscape; the rustic gapes with wonder at the strange sights of a large city; the idiot stares on those around with a vacant look.


vb. (en-past of: gaze)

Usage examples of "gazed".

Reluctantly, she tore her eyes away from his and gazed at the building.

Gawaine gazed down longingly at the boar spear in his hand, shook himself and sighed, then set it with the other things in the shelter of an overhanging ledge behind a few stunted bushes.

It was not particularly cold, Gawaine thought, though he himself had left his cloak across his shoulders even when the sun rose to midday, and he gazed at the lizardman in wonder: to have such blood that one's body could not bear even pleasantly cool air.

He faltered to silence as the Druid gazed at him in mild curiosity, and he could feel the heat in his throat and face.

Arturis gazed at him blankly, and Naitachal smiled a deprecating smile, spreading his arms wide.

Gawaine saw both that and the puzzled look on Master Naitachal's face as he gazed at the lizardman.

Gawaine brought the other knee up, stood cautiously, and gazed northward.

Naitachal gazed upward into light, and rainbows of light, to a distant, exquisitely painted and gilted ceiling.

The Bard let it fall, and the two gazed at each other in silence for some moments.

And then, once he was within the little box courtyard, he wondered how he would catch such wild creatures, but the mice simply crouched down by his feet and gazed at him.

Lyrana looked over his shoulder, and they both gazed at a complex brass and steel cog.

All three of them watched for a while as the goliwak made a move with the steel pieces, then turned the board around, gazed at it a while and finally moved a

Finally the Snow Dragon sighed heavily and lowered his chin into his long-fingered white hands, and gazed narrowly at the artificer.

Ariana gazed over her shoulder and when Gawaine would have gotten up, she vigorously gestured him down again.

Gawaine gazed at it blankly, for he had felt nothing, but Naitachal said, "I have just given you her power, to change any of these who are stone back to living.