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

Examples of sight line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pavement is uniformly smooth and comfortable, and sight lines are significantly clearer compared to the old M-Path, which wound around columns that obstructed views of the pathway. Andres Viglucci, Miami Herald, 20 Apr. 2024 Other factors that likely contributed to the massive overcrowding in certain areas included the number of trees that obscured vantage points and led to overcrowding in areas with better sight lines, and gate-crashers. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 11 Apr. 2024 Some of the many steps taken include removing rows of seats from the main floor and balcony, adding a permanent elevated choral terrace at the rear of the stage, installing a new HVAC system and moving a wall closer to the stage to improve acoustics and sight lines. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Feb. 2024 But, other than perhaps some food and drink and a better sight line, attendees were having similar experiences. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 To create these sight lines—and showcase the original windows, which run from the floors to nearly the top of the towering ceilings—Gasparini took down several walls. Rachel Gallaher, Robb Report, 16 Mar. 2024 They’re dropped along the coast, where sight lines unimpeded by buildings mean civilians are more likely to spot them. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2024 Billy Bob’s Texas is ushering in a new era of guest experience at the Fort Worth Stockyards landmark by improving sight lines and acoustics. Brayden Garcia, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 29 Feb. 2024 In July, the group discussed problems with sight lines at Hart Park and explored the possibilities of finding another launching sight or using a drone show as an alternative to fireworks, according to minutes from a commission meeting July 23. Sgt. Bridget Fogarty, Journal Sentinel, 19 Feb. 2024

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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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“Sight line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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