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

As a defense mechanism, an owner who knows how her phone works can prevent this by simply avoiding eye contact. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "How Face ID could be a game-changer for aggressive US border agents," 1 Oct. 2018 Officers described Cruz as being cooperative but avoiding eye contact. Curt Anderson, Time, "Nikolas Cruz Indicted on 17 Counts of Murder for Florida School Shooting," 7 Mar. 2018 Then break eye contact just long enough to glance down at their lips. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "36 Easy Flirting Tips That'll Sweep Anyone Off Their Feet," 4 Dec. 2017 Wordlessly, Emily picks up her drink and chugs it without breaking eye contact with him. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Handmaid’s Tale introduces a burst of dark camp in “Postpartum”," 4 July 2018 Cissé would do three (or 3.5, maybe) fist pumps and didn’t break eye contact with the camera even when the fist-pumping stopped. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Senegal coach broke out the World Cup's most meme-worthy celebration," 19 June 2018 Ballet Arizona’s longtime artistic director is laconic, slow to make eye contact, clearly uncomfortable around strangers. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Will Ballet Arizona's 'Eroica' be a masterpiece at Desert Botanical Garden?," 11 May 2018 With Robic's motions invading his peripheral, the Wildcats' 6-foot-6 freshman point guard rolled through a response, raised his hand toward the ceiling into a subtle point of acknowledgment and never broke eye contact with a reporter. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Inside Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's development into Kentucky basketball's most important player," 14 Mar. 2018 Human focus, already ambiguously cleft between world and screen, will become split again, even when maintaining eye contact. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Apple's Airpods Are an Omen," 12 June 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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