eye

noun
\ ˈī How to pronounce eye (audio) \

Definition of eye

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a specialized light-sensitive sensory structure of animals that in nearly all vertebrates, most arthropods, and some mollusks is the image-forming organ of sight especially : the nearly spherical usually paired hollow organ of sight in vertebrates that is filled with a jellylike material, is lined with a photosensitive retina, and is lodged in a bony orbit in the skull
b : all the visible structures within and surrounding the orbit and including eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows
c(1) : the faculty of seeing with eyes
(2) : the faculty of intellectual or aesthetic perception or appreciation an eye for beauty
(3) : skill or ability dependent upon eyesight a batter with a good eye
d : look, glance cast an eager eye
e(1) : an attentive look kept an eye on his valuables
(2) : attention, notice caught his eye
(3) : close observation : scrutiny works under the eye of her boss in the public eye
f : point of view, judgment beauty is in the eye of the beholder often used in plural an offender in the eyes of the law
2 : something having an appearance suggestive of an eye: such as
a : the hole through the head of a needle
b : a usually circular marking (as on a peacock's tail)
c : loop especially : a loop or catch to receive a hook
d : an undeveloped bud (as on a potato)
e : an area like a hole in the center of a tropical cyclone marked by only light winds or complete calm with no precipitation
f : the center of a flower especially when differently colored or marked specifically : the disk of a composite
g(1) : a triangular piece of beef cut from between the top and bottom of a round
(2) : the chief muscle of a chop
(3) : a compact mass of muscular tissue usually embedded in fat in a rib or loin cut of meat
h : a device (such as a photoelectric cell) that functions in a manner analogous to human vision
3 : something central : center the eye of the problem— Norman Mailer
4 : the direction from which the wind is blowing
an eye for an eye
: retribution in kind
my eye
used to express mild disagreement or sometimes surprise a diamond, my eye! That's glass
with an eye to or less commonly with an eye toward
1 : with awareness or contemplation of with an eye to the future
2 : with the object of built the house with an eye to adding on later

eye

verb
eyed; eyeing or eying

Definition of eye (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to fix the eyes on : look at they eyed him suspiciously
(2) : contemplate, consider eyeing the choices
b : to watch or study closely eyeing changes in the stock market
2 : to furnish with an eye

Illustration of eye

Illustration of eye

Noun

eye 1a: 1 optic nerve, 2 blind spot, 3 fovea, 4 sclera, 5 choroid, 6 retina, 7 ciliary body, 8 posterior chamber, 9 anterior chamber, 10 cornea, 11 lens, 12 iris, 13 suspensory ligament, 14 conjunctiva, 15 vitreous humor

In the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from eye

Noun

eyeless \ ˈī-​ləs How to pronounce eye (audio) \ adjective
eyelike \ ˈī-​ˌlīk How to pronounce eye (audio) \ adjective

Verb

eyer \ ˈī(-​ə)r How to pronounce eye (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for eye

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Did You Know?

The eye is an organ that receives light and visual images. Non-image forming eyes (also called direction eyes) are found among worms, mollusks, cnidarians, echinoderms, and other invertebrates. Image-forming eyes are found in certain mollusks, most arthropods, and nearly all vertebrates. Arthropods are unique in possessing a compound eye, which results in their seeing a multiple image that is partially integrated in the brain. Lower vertebrates, such as fish, have eyes on either side of the head, allowing a maximum view of the surroundings, but producing two separate fields of vision. In predatory birds and mammals, binocular vision is more important. The placement of both eyes on the front of the head permits a larger overlap of the two visual fields, resulting in a parallel line of direct sight.

Examples of eye in a Sentence

Noun Her eyes slowly became accustomed to the dark. He wears a patch over one eye. I have something in my eye. Only a trained eye can tell the difference between the original painting and a good copy. For decorating, they rely on her discerning eye. He has an artist's eye for color. He reviewed the proposal with a jaundiced eye. The biographer cast a cold eye on the artist's life. Verb I saw someone eyeing me from across the street. a lot of his backyard bird watching was spent eyeing the squirrels as they depleted the bird feeder of seeds
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The new excerpt, below, offers a glimpse at the eye-popping artwork, which blends dazzling Eighties neon with a bit of surreal psychedelia. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 2 June 2021 Nick Carraway's view, perhaps most famous for its eye-popping party scenes and all things 1920s. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 1 June 2021 Some who know the Queen Mary best were not surprised by the eye-popping amount needed to preserve the vessel, and said the city bears some blame for its own inaction. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 Also helping add to BTS’s eye-popping single-week sum is the release of a new performance video, which opens at No. 4 on the weekly chart. Hugh Mcintyre, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Gray's first bill was for an eye-popping $3.4 million dollars. Keri Enriquez, CNN, 30 May 2021 Kozloff’s epic 525-footer, aptly titled Galleon, goes even further with an eye-popping eight decks and four towering masts. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 28 May 2021 In March, income had jumped an eye-popping 22.7 percent compared to February. BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2021 Verma and Moroles have eye-popping friend chemistry, and Morales’ vision delivers a fresh, fun ride with incredible comedic performances, lightning quips, accidental drug trips, and yes, full frontal male nudity. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, 28 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While negotiations fizzled out, and Hyundai backtracked on previous statements of involvement, Apple continues to eye key entry opportunities into the automotive industry and hire engineers to develop self-driving electric vehicles. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Housing developers eye the area as jobs attract more people to the desert. NBC News, 10 May 2021 But as the networking company gets ready to report second quarter earnings, investors will eye whether Cisco can meet the top end of its forecast of 5% growth and boost its forecast. Peter Cohan, Forbes, 15 May 2021 High temperatures again eye the familiar range of mid-60s to near 70 degrees. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2021 During the same period, micromobility companies began to eye the lucrative New York market, despite being blocked by the Segway laws. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 Now, the sector is getting tons of love as investors eye the economic recovery, which is set to benefit big lenders. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 14 Apr. 2021 While that all sounds exciting, implementation is far more meticulous and indicative that these splashy arrangements eye a longer game. Gabe Lacques, USA Today, 10 Apr. 2021 Stocks bounced back from a wobbly start Monday to notch a fifth-straight gain, as Wall Street continued to eye the bond market. David Crary And Luis Andres Henao, Star Tribune, 15 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'eye.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of eye

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for eye

Noun

Middle English, from Old English ēage; akin to Old High German ouga eye, Latin oculus, Greek ōps eye, face, Sanskrit akṣi eye

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about eye

Time Traveler for eye

Time Traveler

The first known use of eye was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for eye

Last Updated

6 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Eye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eye. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for eye

eye

noun

English Language Learners Definition of eye

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the part of the body that you see with
: an ability to understand and appreciate something seen
used to describe the way something looks to you

eye

verb

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

: to watch or look at (someone or something) in a very close or careful way

eye

noun
\ ˈī How to pronounce eye (audio) \

Kids Definition of eye

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the organ of seeing that in vertebrates is a round organ filled with a jellylike material, is located in a bony cavity in the skull, and has a lens which focuses light on the retina
2 : the eye along with its surrounding parts (as the eyelids)
3 : the colored surface of the iris He has blue eyes.
4 : the ability to see I have good eyes.
5 : the ability to recognize or appreciate He has a good eye for color.
6 : glance entry 2 It caught my eye.
7 : close attention : watch Keep an eye on dinner.
8 : judgment sense 1 They are guilty in the eyes of the law.
9 : something like or suggesting an eye the eye of a needle
10 : the center of something the eye of a hurricane

Other Words from eye

eyed \ ˈīd \ adjective
eyeless \ ˈī-​ləs \ adjective

eye

verb
eyed; eyeing or eying

Kids Definition of eye (Entry 2 of 2)

: to look at : watch closely They eyed the stranger suspiciously.

eye

noun
\ ˈī How to pronounce eye (audio) \

Medical Definition of eye

1 : an organ of sight especially : a nearly spherical hollow organ that is lined with a sensitive retina, is lodged in a bony orbit in the skull, is the vertebrate organ of sight, and is normally paired
2 : all the visible structures within and surrounding the orbit and including eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows
3 : the faculty of seeing with eyes

Other Words from eye

eyeless \ ˈī-​ləs How to pronounce eye (audio) \ adjective
eyelike \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce eye (audio) \ adjective

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!