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 But while the 6-foot-4, 236-pound Richardson also earned ‘A’s’ on the eyeball test, Mullen said a closer look reveals the 19-year-old from Gainesville has much to learn. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 6 Sep. 2021 Gone are the days when the Browns draft class showed up for rookie minicamp, and half of them didn’t pass the eyeball test on Day 1. cleveland, 30 Aug. 2021 The defense trumpeted this revelation, but the D.A. called it flawed and stuck by the original protractor-and-eyeball results. Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 Witness the captivating sight of Harley Quinn swimming around inside the giant starfish’s eyeball, its rainbow hues matching her own colorful hair and wardrobe. Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2021 Either way, Boardingham passes the eyeball test as an athlete many will be hearing and reading about in the coming years. Los Angeles Times, 14 Aug. 2021 An eyeball falls out of the dry socket of an incensed party leader, during a leftist committee meeting where a room of mostly white men decide to abandon an entire community of Black supporters in the name of political expediency. New York Times, 3 June 2021 While Emerson was diving into nature to become a transparent eyeball, forging the new, homegrown American philosophy of transcendentalism, Poe was cobbling together a myriad of sources in a wild patchwork. Colin Dickey, The New Republic, 21 July 2021 To gauge the eyeball-chasing power of the pair, peek online, anywhere golf is being covered or discussed. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With a rise in offers of bogus vaccination proof around the world, some California campuses, including San Francisco State University, have hired vendors to eyeball each card for signs of anything amiss. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Aug. 2021 So when the researchers then took DyRET outside onto novel terrain, the robot could eyeball the ground with its camera and sense the give beneath its feet with the force sensors. Matt Simon, Wired, 15 Mar. 2021 That hasn’t happened, in large part because most shoppers prefer to squeeze their produce and eyeball their steaks. Matt Day, Bloomberg.com, 18 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, on social media, an unsubstantiated post claimed that every Republican election challenger had been ejected from the cavernous basement counting area, leaving only Democrats to eyeball the processing of absentee ballots. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 6 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 5 May 2020 Quarter lemon for the salad and then eyeball the olive oil. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, 27 Apr. 2020 At Disney studios, animators have access to larger equipment, including monitors, to better eyeball the animation design. Nick Romano, EW.com, 9 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective An assortment of artwork on the walls, ranging from an eyeball abstract and alligator collage to photos of buoys and herons. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 18 Aug. 2021 The eyeball view through the windshield was a different story, with darkness providing an effective camouflage. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 25 Oct. 2020 Parents in Berkeley, California, may soon be spared having their kids at eyeball level with candy and other sugar-laden temptations waiting in the checkout lines of the city's larger retail stores. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 25 Sep. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 16 Dec. 2019 But, it’s revealed, an eyeball peers from Twigs’s belly button. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 8 Nov. 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 26 Sep. 2021.

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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)

: 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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