eye·​ball | \ ˈī-ˌbȯl How to pronounce eyeball (audio) \

Definition of eyeball

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the more or less globular capsule of the vertebrate eye formed by the sclera and cornea together with their contained structures
2 eyeballs plural : people who view something (such as an advertisement) websites competing for eyeballs


eyeballed; eyeballing; eyeballs

Definition of eyeball (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to look at intently especially in making an evaluation or choice diners eyeballing the menu eyeball the competition



Definition of eyeball (Entry 3 of 3)

: based on observation eyeball judgment

Examples of eyeball in a Sentence

Verb The children were eyeballing the desserts.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Eye, Nose and Throat Runny nose and conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the membranes lining the eyeball and eyelids. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "‘Really Diabolical’: Inside the Coronavirus That Outsmarted Science," 7 Sep. 2020 Hague has to watch out the window and eyeball the capsule’s height above Earth. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How a Russian Rocket Launch Failed Spectacularly In Just 118 Seconds," 3 Sep. 2020 Even with an ergonomic joystick and throttle, piloting an airplane in Flight Simulator 2020 is like floating an eyeball around Google Earth. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "The Uncanny Escapism of Flight Simulator 2020," 21 Aug. 2020 The image features a woman cowering under a blanket, a single, teary eyeball peeking through. Elizabeth Horkley, The Atlantic, "The First Great ‘Quarantine Horror’ Movie Has Arrived," 19 Aug. 2020 Forget the cold, hard statistics for a second, though, because Williams said his tackling didn’t pass the eyeball test either. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "Saints' Marcus Williams isn't being shy about where he must get better," 15 Aug. 2020 In addition to this change of skin color, other signs of vitiligo include premature graying of the hair (on eyelashes and eyebrows, too), and loss of tissue color inside the mouth, nose, and inner layer of the eyeball (retina). Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About Vitiligo," 14 Aug. 2020 White stops the girls on Elm Street near the giant eyeball sculpture and gathers them for a photo. Dallas News, "South Dallas dance group confronts racism, George Floyd’s death by filming video against police brutality," 29 June 2020 The impact of the projectile bullet had lacerated her eyebrow and detached her retina, as well as caused serious trauma to her eyeball. Popular Science, "How to protect yourself from rubber bullets—and why these ‘nonlethal’ weapons are so dangerous," 3 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Scientists used to eyeball the region that a blip on a measurement tool was coming from, but as modern experiments collect an increasing amount of data, a digital tool for pinpointing a signal’s source became vital, Ng says in a statement. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Created a 3-D Map of 100 Million Cells in the Mouse Brain," 13 May 2020 But on the way to the ice and milk stand, the nurses were eyeballing babies for signs of flushness or fever that could suggest the first signs of polio that the mothers might have missed. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "What the History of Polio Can Teach Us About COVID-19," 5 May 2020 Quarter lemon for the salad and then eyeball the olive oil. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Real People Share The Quick Weekday Lunches They’re Making At Home," 27 Apr. 2020 At Disney studios, animators have access to larger equipment, including monitors, to better eyeball the animation design. Nick Romano, EW.com, "How one Frozen animator is keeping the Disney magic alive from quarantine," 9 Apr. 2020 Judging from my few journeys outside my home the past few weeks, many people aren’t eyeballing it very well. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "1 cow, 2 muskies, 3 badgers and other Wisconsin ways to measure social distance," 2 Apr. 2020 Now, as the virus continues its rampage around the globe, doctors are eyeballing an increasing number of treatment possibilities—and dealing with the challenging ethics of testing their efficacy while making the safest choices for their patients. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "The race to develop coronavirus treatments pushes the ethics of clinical trials," 28 Mar. 2020 The women held up the jeans to their waists, eyeballing the sizes. Andrea Sachs, Houston Chronicle, "In the Bahamas, a hard-hit island beckons again," 15 Nov. 2019 These are not the offices where your grandparents worked, clocking out at 5 sharp, eyeballing the corner office. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Silicon Valley Ruined Work Culture," 24 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Teal pumpkins on display indicate that a house has non-food treats such as glow-sticks or eyeball bouncy balls for trick-or-treaters. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Blue pumpkin meaning: How to make sure no one leaves your house unhappy this Halloween," 31 Oct. 2019 The mask was accessorized with sunglasses, a dinner jacket, a Residents eyeball T-shirt, and Under Armour sweatpants. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "The Residents “Stumble Through” a Rock Opera," 3 Feb. 2020 The usual blood splatter, witch claws, and bloody eyeball nails have made their way into the collective, while new designs, including our dear friend Penny Wise, are extremely popular this year. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "15 Spooky Inspired Nails That Are Making Us Excited For Halloween," 3 Oct. 2019 By any statistical measure and the eyeball test, University of Cincinnati basketball senior Jarron Cumberland has not played at the level that earned him American Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors last season. Fletcher Page, Cincinnati.com, "Can Cincinnati basketball and Jarron Cumberland get back on track against Tennessee, Iowa?," 16 Dec. 2019 But, it’s revealed, an eyeball peers from Twigs’s belly button. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "FKA Twigs Deconstructs the Private Show," 8 Nov. 2019 The eyeball test matters, and on defense the Tide draw a failing grade. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Five questions the second College Football Playoff rankings will answer," 13 Nov. 2019 The eyeball test, the Huskies passed — appearing to play harder and more cohesively throughout the season, generally avoiding blowout losses except where injuries left them impossibly thin. Dom Amore, courant.com, "What went right, what went wrong for the UConn men’s basketball team in 2018-19," 4 Nov. 2019 Plus, eyeball injections will make even the toughest soldiers weak in the knees. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Troops Could Have Night Vision Injected Into Their Eyes," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of eyeball


1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1901, in the meaning defined above


1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Eyeball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyeball. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of eyeball

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the entire round part of the eye



English Language Learners Definition of eyeball (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : to look at or stare at (someone or something)


eye·​ball | \ ˈī-ˌbȯl How to pronounce eyeball (audio) \

Kids Definition of eyeball

: the whole eye


eye·​ball | \ ˈī-ˌbȯl How to pronounce eyeball (audio) \

Medical Definition of eyeball

: the more or less globular capsule of the vertebrate eye formed by the sclera and cornea together with their contained structures

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