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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For all of its low-budget quirks (sometimes the coloring is off, some shots last longer than any moment of intense eye contact should), the series has an endearing warmth. Jesse Sparks, Bon Appetit, "This Queer Cooking Show Reinvigorated My Pride in Home Cooking," 22 June 2018 Everyone clambered for a second of eye contact, but their faces flew by so suddenly even a second was impossible to claim. Caity Weaver, New York Times, "I Also Went to the Royal Wedding," 24 May 2018 Even today, many autistic children are taught from a young age that hand-flapping, lack of eye contact or rocking —perfectly natural and normal mannerisms for autistic children — are inherently wrong. Ari Ne'eman, Vox, "The CDC just announced 1 in 59 children are autistic. Here’s why that’s not evidence of an epidemic.," 28 Apr. 2018 The Forehead Stare We’ve all been told about the importance of eye contact. NBC News, "Three power moves that are better than a shrug," 12 Apr. 2018 Social skills groups also go outdoors and work on eye contact, making friends, dealing with bullies and more. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Physical therapy on a horse: Local nonprofit LifeStriders offers therapeutic horseback riding," 1 Mar. 2018 Rodgers almost never uses the viewfinder so as not to break eye contact. Jayme Moye, Outside Online, "How to Take Any Dog on an Adventure," 27 June 2018 However, good eye contact and a warm smile is always appropriate. Betsy Cribb, Southern Living, "The Proper Way to Teach Kids to Introduce Themselves, According to an Etiquette Expert," 10 July 2018 In that incident, police allege Tirado exposed his genitals multiple times and masturbated while making eye contact with a 22-year-old female passenger. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Authorities seek possible additional victims in indecent exposure cases," 9 July 2018

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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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