eye·​lid | \ˈī-ˌlid \

Definition of eyelid 

: either of the movable folds of skin and muscle that can be closed over the eyeball

Examples of eyelid in a Sentence

the upper eyelid of the left eye

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Pink Eye Conjunctivitis, or more commonly known as pink eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin clear tissue that lies over the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid, according to the Mayo Clinic. Lindsay Carlton, Fox News, "Back-to-school germs 101: What you need to know," 7 Sep. 2018 During a getting ready video filmed in Beijing, Popsugar reported that Karlie's makeup artist was spotted holding a plastic pink tool on top of her eyelid while applying Karlie's mascara. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Karlie Kloss's Makeup Artist Shows Mascara Guard Beauty Hack," 26 July 2018 Tiny plates and screws will be used, but no scar will be visible as the incision will be on the inside of the lower eyelid. Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Joel Embiid should return during playoffs for 76ers," 30 Mar. 2018 Luckily, doctors were able to pry the eyelid open after applying anesthetic. Anna Zambelli, Good Housekeeping, "Woman Accidentally "Super Glues" Her Eyelid Shut," 9 Oct. 2015 The sparkly stuff is back in style — and looking so pretty sprinkled on eyelids. Krista Bennett Demaio, Redbook, "Trend Spotting: Glitter for Grown-Ups," 29 July 2011 Pink eye is an inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) that lines your eyelid and covers the white part of your eyeball, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Signs You’re Way Overdue for an Eye Exam," 25 Oct. 2018 Your eyelids are gearing up for daytime mode, blinking, letting in a bit of the light that’s streaming through the window. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 For your face, try Laura Mercier Foundation Primer ($30, at LauraMercier.com), or for eyelids, Urban Decay's Eye Shadow Primer Potion ($19, UrbanDecay.com) is your best bet. Redbook, "4 Secrets to Sweat-Proof Summer Makeup," 6 July 2011

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First Known Use of eyelid

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of eyelid

: either one of the two movable pieces of skin that cover your eye when it is closed


eye·​lid | \ˈī-ˌlid \

Kids Definition of eyelid

: the thin movable fold of skin and muscle that can be closed over the eyeball


eye·​lid | \ˈī-ˌlid \

Medical Definition of eyelid 

: either of the movable lids of skin and muscle that can be closed over the eyeball

called also palpebra

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