sight line


: a line extending from an observer's eye to a viewed object or area (such as a stage)
a theater with excellent sight lines

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Next in her sight line was the Miss Universe pageant with an age maximum of 28 years old. Dallas News, 20 Jan. 2023 The 8,000 square-foot Mondrian restaurant occupies a unique vantage point on the Sunset Strip — ground-level entry with a panoramic view of the city and a sight line all the way to the ocean. Melinda Sheckells, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Jan. 2023 Their length creates a perfect sight line across the room, and their pattern—a Les Indiennes cotton—introduces just the right amount of country-chic sweet. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 20 Dec. 2022 As members stepped off the elevator and into the sprawling bar, they were met with trays of Champagne and impeccable views of the city, along with a perfect sight line to VOGUE World’s runway show and street fair just over the balcony's edge. Concetta Ciarlo, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2022 The kitchen—small, unfancy, pleasant—has a window with a sight line to the Duomo: by conventional measures the best view in the apartment, but somehow, in this setting, a private decadence. Nathan Heller, Vogue, 23 Aug. 2022 Be mindful of small pets and small children wandering too far away from your sight line. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 10 July 2022 Scull’s book is an effort to provide a sight line through the often turbulent currents of the field, touching on its strengths and (mostly) its shortfalls, from the start of the psychiatric endeavor to the present moment. Daphne Merkin, The Atlantic, 10 July 2022 Many of his beautifying strategies are classic, such as ensuring a clear sight line to the front door and pushing for welcoming lighting. Catherine Romano, WSJ, 1 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sight line was in 1753

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Cite this Entry

“Sight line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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