Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of looking or seeing or observing
    his survey of the battlefield was limited
  2. (noun, cognition) the range of vision
  3. (noun, cognition) the ability to see; the visual faculty
  4. (noun, cognition) an instance of visual perception
    the train was an unexpected sight
  5. (noun, cognition) a range of mental vision
  6. (noun, communication) anything that is seen
    they went to Paris to see the sights
  7. (noun, quantity) (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
    a deal of trouble
    a lot of money
    he made a mint on the stock market
    see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos
    it must have cost plenty
    a slew of journalists
    a wad of money
  8. (verb, perception) catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes
  9. (verb, perception) take aim by looking through the sights of a gun (or other device)

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Sight

  1. O.E. gesiht, gesih? "thing seen," from P.Gmc. *sekh(w)- (cf. Dan. sigte, Swed. sigt, M.Du. sicht, Du. zicht, O.H.G. siht, Ger. Sicht, Gesicht), stem of O.E. seon (see see). Meaning "perception or apprehension by means of the eyes" is from early 13c. Meaning "device on a firearm to assist in aiming" is from 1580s; th… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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