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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Dry eye can also happen due to blepharitis, which is eyelid inflammation that can lead to a host of unpleasant symptoms similar to dry eye’s, along with bonuses like red, swollen, or greasy eyelids. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Can I Tell If I Have Chronic Dry Eye?," 21 June 2018 In the first photo, the beauty guru wore latest Glitter Eyes eyeshadow in Violet Moon on one eyelid and Twinkle Twinkle on the other while looking into the shard of a mirror. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner Poses For Her First Post-Pregnancy Photo Shoot After Baby Stormi's Birth," 28 Feb. 2018 That intense sensation can also present with nausea, blurred vision, drooping eyelids or confusion. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Mom of 4 Dies of Brain Aneurysm After Complaining of a Migraine," 19 Apr. 2017 There are mechanics beneath the creature’s foam-latex skin, controlling the eyes, eyelids, jaw and tongue, and air bladders to simulate vascular activity. Darryn King, WSJ, "In ‘Jurassic World,’ Old-School Effects Make a Comeback," 13 June 2018 This is especially important on the eyelids, the area surrounding the eye sockets and the nose. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Parents, teach your children well," 27 May 2018 This is best for hiding the fact that my eyes are not symmetrical—a result of being born with ptosis, a drooping eyelid, and many operations to correct it. Gal Beckerman, The New Republic, "Don’t Blame Phones for Narcissism," 7 May 2018 That’s when something that comes into contact with the skin on or around your eyelids causes an allergic reaction, the Mayo Clinic explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do About Eczema on Your Eyelid," 3 July 2018 Beyond the black hair and hat, the songstress' eyelids are decked with glitter. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Christina Aguilera is Dark & Seductive in 'Zoe' First Look Photo," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of eyelid

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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not bat an eyelid

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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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