eyeball

noun
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

eyeball

verb
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

eyeball

adjective

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 Regardless of which film wins, the nominations alone help put more eyeballs on great films that might otherwise not get them. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "The Oscars still matter. But the winners do not," 6 Feb. 2020 The Residents’ eyeball masks, which encompass the head, aren’t conducive to singing. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "The Residents “Stumble Through” a Rock Opera," 3 Feb. 2020 The upshot: With more eyeballs comes more scrutiny. O'Reilly was three-quarters in with Trump, but Hannity is all the way in, and then some. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Sean Hannity will face a big audience and scrutiny during Trump Super Bowl interview," 1 Feb. 2020 The front and rear compartments are finished in eyeball-searing red leather. Kirk Seaman, Car and Driver, "Gooding Auction Joins Throng of Car Auction Mega-Events in January," 12 Jan. 2020 In select cities, Bombshell faced competition for adult eyeballs from Sam Mendes' World War I epic 1917 and Just Mercy, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx. Pamela Mcclintock, Billboard, "Box Office: 'Rise of Skywalker' Rides to $725M Globally, 'Cats' Goes to the Dogs," 29 Dec. 2019 Doubles has experienced a resurgence this year, and McCoco will only bring more eyeballs to the two-person game. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "US Open Day Seven Thoughts: Team 'McCoco' Keeps Rolling While Serena, Federer Move on," 1 Sep. 2019 Netflix shareholders are hyperfocused on the company’s ability to bring in new eyeballs. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Netflix Is Due for an Intermission," 15 Apr. 2018 Just on Tuesday, USA Today reported the case of a Cleveland woman who got decorative lenses stuck to her eyeballs. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Here’s why you should never use decorative contact lenses—in graphic pictures," 30 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There’s no substitute for eyeballing a space firsthand, says Hanson, who has leased co-working offices along the Eastern Seaboard for more than 20 years. Washington Post, "Happy hour vibe or library quiet? A guide to picking the right co-working space.," 14 Jan. 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 However, eyeballing the fuzzy bars on Exxon’s deck, that capacity doesn’t start coming through in earnest until 2021. Washington Post, "Exxon’s Billions Could Spawn a Permian Monster," 6 Mar. 2019 Read the story and eyeball the search warrant by clicking here. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: President Trump may be a Chicago critic, but he’s coming here for a fundraiser Oct. 28," 11 Oct. 2019 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 The women held up the jeans to their waists, eyeballing the sizes. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "In the Bahamas, a hard-hit island beckons again," 8 Nov. 2019 The women held up the jeans to their waists, eyeballing the sizes. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "After Hurricane Dorian, one Bahama island is ready for the winter rush," 8 Nov. 2019 When the Marlins get serious about acquiring a player — in the draft, international market or via trade — Masse will likely be sent to eyeball him and deliver unvarnished assessment. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Dom Amore: Manchester’s Bill Masse takes his baseball life’s lessons to Miami to work for old teammate Derek Jeter," 28 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 By the time Khloé’s eyeball quote is said over the phone to Kim Kardashian, the levy has broken — the world knows something went down between True Thompson’s dad and Kyle Jenner’s BFF. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "KUWTK Reveals The Real Reason The Kardashians & Jordyn Woods Are Feuding," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of eyeball

Noun

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1901, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eyeball was in 1575

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Last Updated

14 Feb 2020

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“Eyeball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyeball. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for eyeball

eyeball

noun
How to pronounce eyeball (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of eyeball

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the entire round part of the eye

eyeball

verb

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

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

eyeball

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

Kids Definition of eyeball

: the whole eye

eyeball

noun
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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