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eye

noun \ ˈī \

Definition of eye

1 a :a specialized light-sensitive sensory structure of animals that in nearly all vertebrates, most arthropods, and some mollusks is the image-forming organ of sight; especially :the nearly spherical usually paired hollow organ of sight in vertebrates that is filled with a jellylike material, is lined with a photosensitive retina, and is lodged in a bony orbit in the skull
b :all the visible structures within and surrounding the orbit and including eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows
c (1) :the faculty of seeing with eyes
(2) :the faculty of intellectual or aesthetic perception or appreciation
  • an eye for beauty
(3) :skill or ability dependent upon eyesight
  • a batter with a good eye
d :look, glance
  • cast an eager eye
e (1) :an attentive look
  • kept an eye on his valuables
(2) :attention, notice
  • caught his eye
(3) :close observation :scrutiny
  • works under the eye of her boss
  • in the public eye
f :point of view, judgment
  • beauty is in the eye of the beholder
often used in plural
  • an offender in the eyes of the law
2 :something having an appearance suggestive of an eye: such as
a :the hole through the head of a needle
b :a usually circular marking (as on a peacock's tail)
c :loop; especially :a loop or catch to receive a hook
d :an undeveloped bud (as on a potato)
e :an area like a hole in the center of a tropical cyclone marked by only light winds or complete calm with no precipitation
f :the center of a flower especially when differently colored or marked; specifically :the disk of a composite
g (1) :a triangular piece of beef cut from between the top and bottom of a round
(2) :the chief muscle of a chop
(3) :a compact mass of muscular tissue usually embedded in fat in a rib or loin cut of meat
h :a device (such as a photoelectric cell) that functions in a manner analogous to human vision
3 :something central :center
  • the eye of the problem
  • —Norman Mailer
4 :the direction from which the wind is blowing

eyeless

play \ˈī-ləs\ adjective

eyelike

play \ˈī-ˌlīk\ adjective
an eye for an eye
:retribution in kind
my eye
used to express mild disagreement or sometimes surprise
  • a diamond, my eye! That's glass
with an eye to or less commonly with an eye toward
1 :with awareness or contemplation of
  • with an eye to the future
2 :with the object of
  • built the house with an eye to adding on later

Examples of eye in a Sentence

  1. Her eyes slowly became accustomed to the dark.

  2. He wears a patch over one eye.

  3. I have something in my eye.

  4. Only a trained eye can tell the difference between the original painting and a good copy.

  5. For decorating, they rely on her discerning eye.

  6. He has an artist's eye for color.

  7. He reviewed the proposal with a jaundiced eye.

  8. The biographer cast a cold eye on the artist's life.

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The eye is an organ that receives light and visual images. Non-image forming eyes (also called direction eyes) are found among worms, mollusks, cnidarians, echinoderms, and other invertebrates. Image-forming eyes are found in certain mollusks, most arthropods, and nearly all vertebrates. Arthropods are unique in possessing a compound eye, which results in their seeing a multiple image that is partially integrated in the brain. Lower vertebrates, such as fish, have eyes on either side of the head, allowing a maximum view of the surroundings, but producing two separate fields of vision. In predatory birds and mammals, binocular vision is more important. The placement of both eyes on the front of the head permits a larger overlap of the two visual fields, resulting in a parallel line of direct sight.

Illustration of eye

Origin and Etymology of eye

Middle English, from Old English ēage; akin to Old High German ouga eye, Latin oculus, Greek ōps eye, face, Sanskrit akṣi eye


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eye

verb

Definition of eye

eyed; eyeing or eying
transitive verb
1 a (1) :to fix the eyes on :look at
  • they eyed him suspiciously
(2) :contemplate, consider
  • eyeing the choices
b :to watch or study closely
  • eyeing changes in the stock market
2 :to furnish with an eye
intransitive verb
obsolete :seem, look

eyer

play \ˈī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of eye in a Sentence

  1. I saw someone eyeing me from across the street.

  2. a lot of his backyard bird watching was spent eyeing the squirrels as they depleted the bird feeder of seeds

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First Known Use of eye

15th century

eye Synonyms


EYE Defined for English Language Learners

eye

noun

Definition of eye for English Language Learners

  • : the part of the body that you see with

  • : an ability to understand and appreciate something seen

  • —used to describe the way something looks to you


eye

verb

Definition of eye for English Language Learners

  • : to watch or look at (someone or something) in a very close or careful way


EYE Defined for Kids

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eye

noun \ ˈī \

Definition of eye for Students

1 :the organ of seeing that in vertebrates is a round organ filled with a jellylike material, is located in a bony cavity in the skull, and has a lens which focuses light on the retina
2 :the eye along with its surrounding parts (as the eyelids)
3 :the colored surface of the iris
  • He has blue eyes.
4 :the ability to see
  • I have good eyes.
5 :the ability to recognize or appreciate
  • He has a good eye for color.
6 :2glance
  • It caught my eye.
7 :close attention :watch
  • Keep an eye on dinner.
8 :judgment 1
  • They are guilty in the eyes of the law.
9 :something like or suggesting an eye
  • the eye of a needle
10 :the center of something
  • the eye of a hurricane

eyed

\ˈīd\ adjective

eyeless

\ˈī-ləs\ adjective

Headscratcher for eye

Eye is the only body part that is spelled the same forwards and backwards.


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eye

verb

Definition of eye for Students

eyed; eyeing or eying
:to look at :watch closely
  • They eyed the stranger suspiciously.

Medical Dictionary

eye

noun \ ˈī \

medical Definition of eye

1 :an organ of sight; especially :a nearly spherical hollow organ that is lined with a sensitive retina, is lodged in a bony orbit in the skull, is the vertebrate organ of sight, and is normally paired
2 :all the visible structures within and surrounding the orbit and including eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows
3 :the faculty of seeing with eyes

eyeless

play \ˈī-ləs\ adjective

eyelike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

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