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 Since the pandemic, Judie Cronlund, who lives by herself in Phoenix and is Deaf, has relied on video calls to interact and have eye contact with friends and family. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "For some Arizonans with hearing loss, the pandemic poses unique challenges," 5 July 2020 Westfield fought the tears back and reestablished eye contact with the room as Kinnard described how she was beaten with batons and hit with pepper balls at close range in an arrest captured on video and shared widely on social media. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "Attorney says women suing IMPD for excessive force suffered physical, emotional scars," 2 July 2020 Astrid agrees, setting a few ground rules: no eye contact, no kissing after oral. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "The Politician Season 2 Binge Club Recap: Episodes 1-7," 24 June 2020 Many people are experts at reading a newspaper or watching television while carrying on a conversation with their child, but Wilkerson said it’s important to make eye contact with the child while conversing. Paul Wedding, Houston Chronicle, "Houston nonprofit offering parenting classes during pandemic," 23 June 2020 The drawbacks are plain: lack of eye contact, frozen screens, inability to read cues or jump into a conversation. Steven Levy, Wired, "Videoconferencing Needs to Climb Out of the Uncanny Valley," 18 June 2020 Many are working from home rather than at call centers, where connecting with colleagues was as easy as making eye contact across a cubicle during a tough conversation. Suzanne Hirt, USA TODAY, "As calls to crisis hotlines spikes amid the coronavirus, those who respond feel the strain," 16 June 2020 Communication involves talking during calm moments, eye contact, positive reinforcement, and consistent actions backing up your statements. Detroit Free Press, "Boyfriend sees jealousy as a dare to cheat," 15 June 2020 Communication involves talking during calm moments, eye contact, positive reinforcement, and consistent actions backing up your statements. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Self-proclaimed great guy wonders why girlfriend is so jealous," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of eye contact

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eye contact was in 1942

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15 Jul 2020

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“Eye contact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eye%20contact. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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