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sight

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noun \ˈsīt\

Simple Definition of sight

  • : the sense through which a person or animal becomes aware of light, color, etc., by using the eyes : the ability to see

  • : the act of seeing someone or something

  • : a position in which someone or something can be seen

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sight

  1. 1 :  something that is seen :  spectacle

  2. 2a :  a thing regarded as worth seeing —usually used in plural <the sights of the city>b :  something ludicrous or disorderly in appearance <you look a sight>

  3. 3a chiefly dialect :  a great number or quantityb :  a good deal :  lot <a far sight better> <not by a damn sight>

  4. 4a :  the process, power, or function of seeing; specifically :  the physical sense by which light stimuli received by the eye are interpreted by the brain and constructed into a representation of the position, shape, brightness, and usually color of objects in spaceb :  mental or spiritual perceptionc :  mental view; specifically :  judgment

  5. 5a :  the act of looking at or beholdingb :  inspection, perusalc :  view, glimpsed :  an observation to determine direction or position (as by a navigator)

  6. 6a :  a perception of an object by or as if by the eye <never lost sight of the objective>b :  the range of vision <was nowhere in sight>

  7. 7 :  presentation of a note or draft to the maker or draftee :  demand

  8. 8a :  a device that aids the eye in aiming or in finding the direction of an objectb plural :  aspiration <set her sights on a medical career>

in sight

  1. :  at or within a reasonable distance or time

on sight

  1. :  as soon as seen <ordered to shoot on sight>

out of sight

  1. 1 :  beyond comparison

  2. 2 :  beyond all expectation or reason

  3. 3 —used as a generalized expression of approval

sight for sore eyes

  1. :  one whose appearance or arrival is an occasion for joy or relief

Examples of sight in a sentence

  1. She regained sight in her left eye.

  2. The officers were ordered to shoot on sight.

  3. Keep out of sight until I tell you it's OK to come out.

  4. The child wandered out of sight.

  5. Don't let the puppy out of your sight.

  6. The rabbit disappeared from sight into the tall grass.

  7. The controls are hidden from sight behind a panel.



Origin and Etymology of sight

Middle English, from Old English gesiht faculty or act of sight, thing seen; akin to Old High German gisiht sight, Old English sēon to see


First Known Use: before 12th century


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sight

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Simple Definition of sight

  • : to see (something or someone that is being looked for or that is rarely seen or difficult to see)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sight

  • transitive verb
    1. 1 :  to get or catch sight of <several whales were sighted>

    2. 2 :  to look at through or as if through a sight; especially :  to test for straightness

    3. 3 :  to aim by means of sights

    4. 4a :  to equip with sightsb :  to adjust the sights of

    5. intransitive verb
    6. 1 :  to take aim

    7. 2 :  to look carefully in a particular direction

    Examples of sight in a sentence

    1. They sighted a ship in the distance.

    2. Several bears have been sighted in the area.



    1602

    First Known Use of sight

    1602


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    sight

    adjective

    Definition of sight

    1. 1 :  based on recognition or comprehension without previous study <sight translation>

    2. 2 :  payable on presentation <a sight draft>



    1801

    First Known Use of sight

    1801



    SIGHT Defined for Kids

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    sight

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    noun \ˈsīt\

    Definition of sight for Students

    1. 1 :  the function, process, or power of seeing :  the sense by which a person or animal becomes aware of the position, form, and color of objects

    2. 2 :  the act of seeing <It was love at first sight.>

    3. 3 :  something that is seen :  spectacle <The northern lights were an amazing sight.>

    4. 4 :  something that is worth seeing <He showed us the sights of the city.>

    5. 5 :  something that is peculiar, funny, or messy <You're a sight!>

    6. 6 :  the presence of an object within the field of vision <I can't stand the sight of blood.> <She caught sight of an eagle.>

    7. 7 :  the distance a person can see <A ship came into sight.>

    8. 8 :  a device (as a small metal bead on a gun barrel) that aids the eye in aiming or in finding the direction of an object




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    sight

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    verb

    Definition of sight for Students

    sighted

    sighting

    1. 1 :  to get a look at :  see <Their dog was sighted in a neighbor's garden.>

    2. 2 :  to look at through or as if through a device that aids the eye in aiming or in finding the direction of an object




    Medical Dictionary

    sight

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    noun \ˈsīt\

    Medical Definition of sight

    1. 1:  something that is seen

    2. 2:  the process, power, or function of seeing; specifically :  the one of the five basic physical senses by which light stimuli received by the eye are interpreted by the brain and constructed into a representation of the position, shape, brightness, and usually color of objects in space

    3. 3a:  a perception of an object by the eyeb:  the range of vision




    Law Dictionary

    sight

    adjective

    Legal Definition of sight

    1. :  payable on presentation — see also sight draft at draft




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