by sight

idiom

: on the basis of one's looks
I know her by sight but not by name.

Examples of by sight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Visitors can observe birds, identifying them by sight, sound and habitat. Dina Kaur, The Arizona Republic, 11 Apr. 2024 While most birds have only weak senses of smell and find their food by sight, our common vulture can detect entirely invisible carcasses while flying by hundreds of feet in the air. Jack Gedney, The Mercury News, 11 Mar. 2024 If the fish aren’t biting, try locating fish by sight and casting shiny, colorful presentations right in front of their noses. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 One of the very few scientists who can do it simply by sight is CETI’s lead field biologist, Shane Gero. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 4 Sep. 2023 Even today, most inspections are done manually, subjectively, and by sight. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2023 Still others knew him by sight only — Lopez was recognizable because of his multiple face and neck tattooes, which included the names of his children. Gloria Casas, Chicago Tribune, 15 Aug. 2023 The moment Kendall hears the Hudson, everyone understands – first by ear, then by sight – that this story is over. Delia Casadei, The Conversation, 31 May 2023 The system had apparently recognized my pastries by sight. James Somers, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2021

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“By sight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/by%20sight. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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