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Meaning of sight by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old English sihþ ( “something seen” )


    • Rhymes: -aɪt
    • enPR: sīt, IPA: /saɪt/, X-SAMPA: /saIt/
    • Rhymes: -aɪt
    • Homophone: cite, site


    sight ( plural: sights )

    1. the ability to see ( no plural )
    2. something seen
    3. something worth seeing
    4. a device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target
    5. ( now colloquial ) a great deal, a lot; frequently used to intensify a comparative
      This is a darn sight better than what I'm used to at home!



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Explanation of sight by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. catch sight of

    2. he caught sight of the king's men coming over the ridge
    3. take aim by looking through the sights of a gun ( or other device )

    1. the act of looking or seeing or observing

    2. the range of vision

    3. out of sight of land
    4. the ability to see

    5. an instance of visual perception

    6. the sight of his wife brought him back to reality
      the train was an unexpected sight
    7. a range of mental vision

    8. in his sight she could do no wrong
    9. anything that is seen

    10. he was a familiar sight on the television
      they went to Paris to see the sights
    11. a large number or amount or extent

    Definition of sight by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Sight ( sīt ), n. [OE. sight, siþt, siht, AS. siht, gesiht, gesihð, gesiehð, gesyhð; akin to D. gezicht, G. sicht, gesicht, Dan. sigte, Sw. sigt, from the root of E. see. See See, v. t.]
      1. The act of seeing; perception of objects by the eye; view; as, “to gain sight of land”.

      A cloud received him out of their sight. Acts. i. 9.

      2. The power of seeing; the faculty of vision, or of perceiving objects by the instrumentality of the eyes.

      Thy sight is young,

      And thou shalt read when mine begin to dazzle. Shak.

      O loss of sight, of thee I most complain! Milton.

      3. The state of admitting unobstructed vision; visibility; open view; region which the eye at one time surveys; space through which the power of vision extends; as, “an object within sight”.

      4. A spectacle; a view; a show; something worth seeing.

      Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. Ex. iii. 3.

      They never saw a sight so fair. Spenser.

      5. The instrument of seeing; the eye.

      Why cloud they not their sights? Shak.

      6. Inspection; examination; as, “a letter intended for the sight of only one person”.

      7. Mental view; opinion; judgment; as, “in their sight it was harmless”. Wake.

      That which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. Luke xvi. 15.

      8. A small aperture or optical device through which objects are to be seen, and by which their direction is settled or ascertained; -- used on surveying instruments; as, “the sight of a quadrant”.

      Thier eyes of fire sparking through sights of steel. Shak.

      9. An optical device or small piece of metal, fixed or movable, on the breech, muzzle, center, or trunnion of a gun, or on the breech and the muzzle of a rifle, pistol, etc., by means of which the eye is guided in aiming. A telescope mounted on a weapon, such as a rifle, and used for accurate aiming at distant targets is called a telescopic sight. Farrow.

      10. In a drawing, picture, etc., that part of the surface, as of paper or canvas, which is within the frame or the border or margin. In a frame or the like, the open space, the opening.

      11. A great number, quantity, or sum; as, “a sight of money”. [Now colloquial]

      ☞ Sight in this last sense was formerly employed in the best usage. “A sight of lawyers.” Latimer.

      A wonder sight of flowers. Gower.

      At sight, as soon as seen, or presented to sight; as, “a draft payable at sight: to read Greek at sight; to shoot a person at sight”. -- Front sight ( Firearms ), the sight nearest the muzzle. -- Open sight. ( Firearms ) A front sight through which the objects aimed at may be seen, in distinction from one that hides the object. A rear sight having an open notch instead of an aperture. -- Peep sight, Rear sight. See under Peep, and Rear. -- Sight draft, an order, or bill of exchange, directing the payment of money at sight. -- To take sight, to take aim; to look for the purpose of directing a piece of artillery, or the like.

      Syn. -- Vision; view; show; spectacle; representation; exhibition.

    2. Sight v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Sighting.]
      1. To get sight of; to see; as, “to sight land; to sight a wreck.” Kane.

      2. To look at through a sight; to see accurately; as, “to sight an object, as a star”.

      3. To apply sights to; to adjust the sights of; also, to give the proper elevation and direction to by means of a sight; as, “to sight a rifle or a cannon”.

    3. Sight, v. i. ( Mil. ) To take aim by a sight.