eye contact


Definition of eye contact

: visual contact with another person's eyes

Examples of eye contact in a Sentence

He maintained eye contact with me throughout the conversation. The speaker made eye contact with audience members. The jury avoided eye contact with the defendant as the verdict was read.
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Her son Genesis, 4, was seated near Taylor Swift, and made eye contact with the pop star and waved at her, while Swift smiled and waved back. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alicia Keys' Son Flirting with Taylor Swift is the Cutest Part of the 2019 iHeartRadio Awards," 15 Mar. 2019 Orlando now has a customer-service department that trains all airport employees, from fast-food workers to skycaps to TSA officers, on how to make eye contact, be productive and pick up trash. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Best of the Biggest U.S. Airports," 14 Nov. 2018 The researchers were experimenting with systems for a driverless car—which obviously can't make eye contact or use hand gestures—to signal its intentions to other drivers on the road. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Ford’s plan for driverless cars goes beyond technology," 24 Oct. 2018 Even those who entered their house tried to avoid making eye contact. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "6 Years Gone: Myanmar woman escapes brutal China captivity," 6 Sep. 2018 Robots don’t understand eye contact or waves or nods. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "The Uber Crash Won't Be the Last Shocking Self-Driving Death," 31 Mar. 2018 Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed language learning and difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation. Ruth Brown And Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "This egg hunt means more than candy. It’s a place for children with autism to connect. | Idaho Statesman," 31 Mar. 2018 The driver told Fox 5’s Paul Wagner Ghaisar made no eye contact or gestures before driving off. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "Video shows Park Police fired nine shots into Bijan Ghaisar’s Jeep at close range, killing him," 24 Jan. 2018 One of them, smiling, maintains direct eye contact, inches from Phillips’s face. Rebecca Bengal, Vogue, "The Power of Nathan Phillips’s Song," 21 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of eye contact

1942, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of eye contact

: a situation in which two people are looking directly into each other's eyes

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Medical Definition of eye contact

: visual contact with another person's eyes

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