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at first sight

Definition of at first sight

  1. :  when first seen or considered <It appears at first sight to be a simple matter of hiring more people.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  preceding all others in time, order, or importance: as

    :  earliest

    :  being the lowest forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle

  1. :  before another in time, space, or importance

    :  for the first time

    :  in preference to something else :  sooner

  1. :  something that is first: as

    :  the first occurrence or item of a kind

    :  the first forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle

  1. :  something that is seen :  spectacle

    :  something ludicrous or disorderly in appearance

    :  a great number or quantity

  1. :  to get or catch sight of

    :  to look at through or as if through a sight

    :  to test for straightness

  1. :  based on recognition or comprehension without previous study

    :  payable on presentation

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up at first sight? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to permeate or influence as if by dyeing

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