eyelid

noun
eye·​lid | \ ˈī-ˌlid How to pronounce eyelid (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The quiet and warmth of small hours, bodies pressed upon each other as an eyelid flutters open. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Good Naked vs. Bad Naked," 13 Mar. 2021 Upneeq contains oxymetazoline hydrochloride, a vasoconstrictor that causes the Müller’s muscle—one of two muscles that open the eyelid—to contract, creating a lift that lasts about six hours. Jancee Dunn, Vogue, "Can a New Eye Treatment Deliver a Lid Lift in a Bottle?," 12 Mar. 2021 Nascar leaders say that revelation is what’s most troubling: that countless people had walked by a noose for months without batting an eyelid. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "How an Ugly Incident Pushed Nascar Around a Tricky Corner," 7 Mar. 2021 The nerve that controlled the eyelid, called the oculomotor nerve, was the third in this column. New York Times, "Her Eyelid Drooped and She Kept Getting Weaker. What Was Going On?," 4 Mar. 2021 Her eyelid was always droopy, her vision always double. New York Times, "Her Eyelid Drooped and She Kept Getting Weaker. What Was Going On?," 4 Mar. 2021 One of my biggest gripes is formulas that take ages to dry or transfer onto my eyelid when wet, but this mascara didn't do either of those things. Jacqueline Kilikita, refinery29.com, "Benefit’s New Magnet Mascara Is So Good, It Made My Lashes Look Fake," 26 Feb. 2021 The liquid formula takes away the mess of applying glitter-laden pigment to the eyelid. Madison Trapkin, USA TODAY, "Black Friday 2020: The best Ulta and Sephora deals," 26 Nov. 2020 There is also another area of ophthalmology called Oculo Plastics, which includes the surgical lifting of droopy eyelids or treatment of cancer around the eyelid. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Cleveland Eye Clinic opens 8th location, in Avon," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of eyelid

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Eyelid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyelid. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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eyelid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of eyelid

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

eyelid

noun
eye·​lid | \ ˈī-ˌlid How to pronounce eyelid (audio) \

Kids Definition of eyelid

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

eyelid

noun
eye·​lid | \ ˈī-ˌlid How to pronounce eyelid (audio) \

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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