line of sight

noun phrase

: a line from an observer's eye to a distant point
: the line between two points
specifically : the straight path between a transmitting antenna (as for radio or television signals) and a receiving antenna when unobstructed by the horizon

Examples of line of sight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Experts say that drone operations beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of a remote pilot have the potential to open the door to longer flights, new markets, and fewer restrictions on ground personnel. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 26 Oct. 2023 Even the many, many naked men parading into his line of sight (and ours, thanks to Gabriel Díaz Alliende’s unabashedly horny, often crotch-level camerawork) seem to fill him with more gloom than delight. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2023 Mike is really conscious of space and line of sight in all of his series. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Oct. 2023 There just are not enough stars in the bubble to fill every line of sight. Brian Jackson, Discover Magazine, 18 Oct. 2023 Alas, the gauges, depending upon your driving position, may play coy with your line of sight through the artful steering wheel. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 14 May 2023 The new theory, which the team recently published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, relies on the premise that the galaxies in the central quartet do not lie at a single distance and are instead spread along our line of sight. Sharmila Kuthunur, Scientific American, 11 Oct. 2023 The sound of glass display cases being thrown to the ground was like gunshots, said a Nordstrom employee who had a clear line of sight of the robbery. Richard Winton and Nathan Solis Los Angeles Times (tns), Arkansas Online, 17 Aug. 2023 Tests by emergency responders and the US Federal Aviation Administration to extend drone flights beyond the operator’s line of sight and respond to 911 calls started in 2017. WIRED, 26 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of line of sight was in 1559

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Cite this Entry

“Line of sight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition

line of sight

: a line from an observer's eye to a distant point
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