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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Recent Examples on the Web

People are exposed to sarin through skin contact, eye contact, or by breathing it in. Cheri Mossburg, CNN, "Sarin possibly found at a Facebook mailing facility in California, no employees exposed," 1 July 2019 Exposure is possible through skin or eye contact, as well as inhalation. Bay City News Service, The Mercury News, "Hazmat crews at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park after sarin scare," 1 July 2019 But when Laurey and Curly make eye contact, the theater is plunged into an eerie green light. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Why Everyone Is So Obsessed With Sexy Oklahoma!," 4 June 2019 Human drivers can rely on eye contact, spirited honking, and hand signals (good and bad) to negotiate four-way stops, crosswalks, and other on-road interactions. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "The Mercedes-Benz ESF Is a One-Car Showcase of the Way Safety Will Look in Vehicles of the Future," 20 May 2019 Make eye contact, tease them playfully, or send a flirty text. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "How to Tell Your Crush You Like Them Without Making Things Weird," 14 Feb. 2019 True to form, the Duchess is attentively listening to the Prince with direct eye contact and relaxed hand gestures. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Body Language Experts Analyze Meghan Markle's Relationship With the Royal Family," 15 June 2018 Dogs make eye contact with people when a problem stumps them; wolves do not. Author: Karin Brulliard, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientists think they know why dogs have eyes that tug at our hearts," 18 June 2019 Sometimes the illustrators play with the pictures, drawing animals that make eye contact with one another or slither through a page of text. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World’ Review: Wondrous Records of Animal Lore," 15 June 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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