At sight

Definitions

  • ALL AT ONCE HE CAUGHT SIGHT OF MY TOPEE
    ALL AT ONCE HE CAUGHT SIGHT OF MY TOPEE
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • 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 .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The difference between AM and FM radio is that FM is line-of-sight, while AM bounces off the atmosphere (more accurately, the ionosphere.) AM stations have to reduce the power of their transmissions at night because the ionosphere lifts with the colder temperatures and lees solar interference.
    • At sight without previous study or practice
    • At sight terms applied to bills or notes payable on, or after, presentation
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Quotations

  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?”
  • Elias Canetti
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    “There is no doubt: the study of man is just beginning, at the same time that his end is in sight.”
  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
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    “Jealousy is not at all low, but it catches us humbled and bowed down, at first sight.”
  • Christopher Marlowe
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    “Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?”
  • Source Unknown
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    “What's so remarkable about Love at first sight? It's when people have been looking at each other for years that it becomes remarkable.”
  • Natalie Clifford Barney
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    “The advantage of love at first sight is that it delays a second sight.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. siht, ge-sihtge-segen, pa.p. of seón, to see; Ger. sicht.

Usage

In literature:

Tessibel's heart ached at the unusual sight.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
He rejoiced at the sight, in hopes of receiving there the information he sought.
"The Arabian Nights" by Unknown
Just then up rode a man at sight of whom the blood tingled in all my veins.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
At sight they ride towards them rapidly.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
At first even the experienced Indians were perplexed at the sight of the deer with her young fawn in this broad water so far from land.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
I looked round, and caught sight of two enormous hounds approaching at full speed.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
Others, with Mr Hooker, came also, looking on at the curious sight.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Upon each occasion I caught sight of numerous glaring eyes staring out at us from amid the darkness.
"With Axe and Rifle" by W.H.G. Kingston
The white eyes of the negroes, as they caught sight of us, showed that they were more astonished than we were at the sudden encounter.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
He had been, he said, searching for us for some days; and at length catching sight of Camo, he knew that we were not likely to be far off.
"The Wanderers" by W.H.G. Kingston
He twisted about until he could look at his ugly captor, at sight of whom his heart sank.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
Full of anger at the sight, Perceval launched one of his hard-wood javelins at the red knight.
"King Arthur's Knights" by Henry Gilbert
They were terrified at the sight of a person dying.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
At sight of that well-known figure, he drew back, and his heart quaked at his own imprudence, in confiding Griffith's secret to Caroline Ryder.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866" by Various
Your sudden flight at sight of our picket caused suspicion, and of course it was our duty to follow and capture you.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Our spirits, which had naturally been at a low ebb, were greatly cheered by the sight of the strange sail.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Is such a sight, a stranger on the ground At the hearth-side seated, and in the dust.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
At the sight of Glum lying dead at his feet, Thiostolf's wrath cooled somewhat.
"The Red Romance Book" by Various
Stunned at sight of so much money, paralyzed with emotion, and tongue-tied, Johnnie could only stare.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Her heart sank at sight of him.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
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In poetry:

I have looked at them long,
My eyes blur; sourceless light
Keeps them forever young
Before our ageing sight.
"To The Romantic Traditionists" by Allen Tate
Oh that the happy hour were come
To change my faith to sight!
I shall behold my Lord at home
In a diviner light.
"Hymn 145" by Isaac Watts
"Thou go, dear wife! a woman soft,
And not too brave to shake
At sight of wolf or catamount,
Or many-rattled snake:
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
For fear of prowling beasts at night
They blocked the cave;
Women and children hid from sight,
Men scarce more brave.
"For Fear" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
Uprose the day of crimson sight,
The day without a God.
At morn the hero said Good-night:
See there that stain on sod!
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
Ah! Cynthia, thy Damon's cries
Are heard at dead of night;
But they, alas! are doom'd to rise
Like smoke upon the sight.
"Ode to Cynthia, on the Approach of Spring" by William Shenstone

In news:

His goals are in sight as one week remains at the summer camp.
HOWARD — Scott Martin, a junior at East Knox High School, has a career in the Air Force in his sights.
So you can imagine his exuberance at the sight of Maria van Lieshout's clever new picture book, Backseat A-B-See.
The young man who fired into a crowd of holiday shoppers at Clackamas Town Center in Portland, Ore. On Tuesday aimed randomly at 'anyone who was in his line of sight,' the county sheriff says.
Texans' offensive lineman Duane Brown didn't find the scoreboard a pretty sight to look at Monday.
Congo's "The Terminator": at large but out of sight.
AmNewYork photographers RJ Mickelson and Willie Davis spent several days shooting backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, chronicling the sights and intense preparation that most never get to see.
There was an unusual sight at the Marquette Department of Natural Resources office on Tuesday.
It was a warm welcome home Thursday night at Meadows Field for dozens of local World War II veterans, returning from seeing the sights in our nation's capitol.
At the stores lining midtown's 34th Street, shopping bags were a more rare sight than last year.
Zimbabweans hawking beaded wire animal sculptures at traffic lights are a regular sight in Johannesburg's wealthy northern suburbs.
There have been several sightings of a Black bear cub near the US Army Corps of Engineers offices at the Conchas Dam Project, said Alyson Strickland, Corps of Engineers park ranger.
Polar bear sightings are not unusual at this time of the year in Plain City.
'A Sight To Behold ' At Concours d'Elegance.
Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts (more info).
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In science:

At the first sight the appearance of the long–range component in correlation functions of non–critical fields is surprising.
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
It is also interesting to note that the Stewart et al. images indicate a lack of linear polarization at the location of the OH (1720 MHz) maser, as might be expected if ~B were nearly along the line of sight.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
At first sight, we end up in this limit with a strange open string metric with an infinite G−− component.
On Theories With Light-Like Noncommutativity
At first sight this is somewhat confusing, since the B -field can in this case (as opposed to the usual case of a Bij -field on a two-torus) be gauged away from the bulk and into the D-brane, where it cannot have any effect on the closed string spectrum.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
One reason for this is that the pro jected z -contribution of electrons from the Magellanic Clouds is not a flat disk (like our Galaxy), but rather is extended in the line of sight.
Radio Pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds
Next, we would like to discuss a model where the situation seems to be improved, at first sight.
Fine-Tuning of the Cosmological Constant in Brane Worlds
Thanks to the absence of denominators in (4), the problems related to singular bicomplex numbers are at first sight circumvented.
Bicomplex algebra and function theory
Case (b) could, at first sight, be confused with an m = 0 network with a value of p significantly lower than the current 0.5.
Complex structures in generalized small worlds
The presence of clusters of the size of the system, i.e. percolation type of order brings another correlation length in the systems and thus makes the decay of ferromagnetic order more complicated than at first sight.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
At first sight, some qualitative features of turbulent signals seem to be recognizable in the distant context of self-organized critical dynamics .
Turbulent self-organized criticality
At first sight, Prolog seems to be the ideal host for constraint programming: it enforces declarative programming, which makes it a neat modelling language, and it offers an elegant way of handling combinatorial problems thanks to the availability of nondeterminism at the language level.
Component Programming and Interoperability in Constraint Solver Design
At first sight the result is surprising since T invariance is at the origin of such behavior, as we shall see soon.
Spectroscopy with random and displaced random ensembles
At first sight, the above action is too complicated to analyze, due to the nontrivial coupling between y and other fields.
Closed String Tachyons in Non-supersymmetric Heterotic Theories
At the first sight, there is a similarity but no identity observed.
Stationary flows in quantum dissipative closed circuits as a challenge to thermodynamics
At the first sight, this view seems quite logical since we expect the particle to cross the black hole surface in a finite proper time.
Generalized observers and velocity measurements in General Relativity
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