Second-sight

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Second-sight The power of discerning what is not visible to the physical eye, or of foreseeing future events, esp. such as are of a disastrous kind; the capacity of a seer; prophetic vision. "He was seized with a fit of second-sight .""Nor less availed his optic sleight,
      And Scottish gift of second-sight ."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Second-sight a gift of prophetic vision, long supposed in the Scottish Highlands and elsewhere to belong to particular persons
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Quotations

  • 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:

Twenty seconds later I sat watching the red lights of the tenth sleeper whip themselves out of sight.
"Danger Signals" by John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
Just over the brow of the hill, out of sight, was, as she well knew, the second gate.
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
Sharp introduced "second sight" into "The Son of Allan" (1881); it is in "Pharais" (1894), the first of his "F.M.
"Irish Plays and Playwrights" by Cornelius Weygandt
He turned his head to call to a second man and caught sight of them.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
Sight was all they used for those seconds.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
It is one of our chief organs of sense, the sense of touch being hardly second to those of sight and hearing.
"Vitality Supreme" by Bernarr Macfadden
He had developed something akin to second sight.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
There was not much of the wheat in sight, and to secure a second cupful the boy scraped up every grain that he could find.
"Raftmates" by Kirk Munroe
At Forty-second Street you catch sight of your doctor.
"The Patient Observer" by Simeon Strunsky
I caught the second target as soon as it bobbed into sight and slammed a shell at it.
"Four-Day Planet" by Henry Beam Piper
It was love at sight with Miss Danton the second.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
For a second he thought he might have been sighted, until resulting action on shore told him otherwise.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
The major pressed Mark down, and they cowered among the trees, for they were evidently going right in sight of a second encampment.
"Mother Carey's Chicken" by George Manville Fenn
In a few seconds they were out of sight.
"The Young Bridge-Tender" by Arthur M. Winfield
In a few seconds I caught sight of a horseman.
"Adventures in Australia" by W.H.G. Kingston
Early in the morning of the second day we caught sight in the distance of a couple of horsemen with long spears in their hands.
"Afar in the Forest" by W.H.G. Kingston
And he anticipated that the leader must come in sight ere another dozen seconds passed!
"The Saddle Boys in the Grand Canyon" by James Carson
It needs no second-sight to discern the end of Rapp's scheme.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866" by Various
Second, at the apertures of the two most important members of the outlook corps, the senses of sight and of smell.
"Preventable Diseases" by Woods Hutchinson
At the first snort of danger there was a rush in the underbrush near where she had stood, and a second fawn sprang into sight.
"Wood Folk at School" by William J. Long
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In poetry:

"The second night I kept her in sight,
Till to the fire she came,
And, by Mary's might! an Armed Knight
Stood by the lonely flame.
"The Eve of St. John" by Sir Walter Scott
"And yet to you and not to me belong
Those finer instincts that, like second sight
And hearing, catch creation's undersong,
And see by inner light.
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow
Or wild tales of feud and fight,
Witch and troll and second sight
Whispered still where Stornoway
Looks across its stormy bay,
Once the home of Morrisons.
"Abram Morrison" by John Greenleaf Whittier
So I handed her the mirror.
And she would have broken it over my head,
but she caught sight of her own reflection
and that held her spellbound for two seconds
while I fled.
"Intimates" by D H Lawrence
But of their sumptuous marriage and feast,
What brave lords and knights thither were prest,
The SECOND FITT shall set forth to your sight
With marvellous pleasure, and wish-ed delight.
"The Beggar's Daughter Of Bethnal Green" by Henry Morley
My second is a glorious prize
For all who love their wondering eyes
With curious sights to pamper;
But 'tis a sight—which should they meet
All' improviso in the street,
Ye gods! how they would scamper!
"A Riddle (#2)" by Joanna Baillie

In news:

MOSCOW — A bizarre sight appeared on Russia's state-controlled Channel One last week, shortly after it became clear that President Obama would go on to a second term.
A sighting of the bird, also known as the Eurasian Cuckoo, is only the second recorded in the lower 48, the last time in 1981 on Martha's Vineyard.
BOSTON (AP) — His reach for the presidency thwarted, Mitt Romney stayed out of sight late Tuesday as news organizations including The Associated Press announced that President Barack Obama had won a second term.
They call it second sight.
A large wild cat was spotted in the Sebastopol area Saturday afternoon, the second such sighting in the past couple of days, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.
SECOND SIGHT By Rickey Gard Diamond.
Cougar spotted near Vancouver Island school, second sighting in area this week.
A sighting of the bird, also known as the Eurasian Cuckoo , is only the second recorded in the lower 48, the last time in 1981 on Martha's Vineyard.
In a few seconds, the plans are directly in sight.
WASHINGTON (AP) — His sights fixed firmly on securing a second term, President Barack Obama had hoped that the rest of the world would wait until after the election if it had to grow restless and demand his attention.
Heber Springs had the undefeated Highland Rebels in sight on Friday in the Class 4A state quarterfinals, trailing 13-6 at halftime and set to receive the opening kickoff in the second half .
Larry Bleiberg/Dallas Morning News This is the second day of stingray sightings near Monmouth County beaches.
(AP) — For the second time in the past few weeks, a mountain lion sighting has been confirmed in southeast Missouri.
For the second time in the past few weeks, a mountain lion sighting has been confirmed in southeast Missouri.
In the decade since that 12-second sighting, Dranginis has dedicated himself to getting another look.
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In science:

There are two points to make about this proposal; of which the second will lead us to “dynamics”. (1): Agreed, this proposal seems at first sight a cheat, a case of theft over honest toil.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
This law is continuous, like its derivative at w = 1, but the second derivative is discontinuous at w = 1, which can seem surprising at first sight.
Random walks and polymers in the presence of quenched disorder
At the first sight it may look strange that we have an action that has only first derivative in it, in contrast with the c = −2 action that has second derivative terms.
Patterned and Disordered Continuous Abelian Sandpile Model
The second panel shows the real part of the (2, 2)-mode for the same configuration, but for an observer whose line-of-sight does not coincide with the direction of the initial total angular momentum.
Towards models of gravitational waveforms from generic binaries: A simple approximate mapping between precessing and non-precessing inspiral signals
At first sight these manifolds may appear to be completely characterized by the number hU i, but actually the system volume V is a second parameter implicit in the definition of U (R).
NVU perspective on simple liquids' quasiuniversality
The analysis of Ref. can provide a second example of a physical context in which at first sight there appears to be a good chance for Planck-scale sensitivity but then it emerges that a comprehensive phenomenological analysis requires a combination of too many assumptions about the Planck-scale regime.
A perspective on Quantum Gravity Phenomenology
Barton and collaborators find a second anticorrelation between SF and line of sight velocity separation between the two galaxies in each pair.
Galaxy Collisions - Dawn of a New Era
For example: the first and second order gravity monopole deflections go as p−1 and p−2 while the solar quadrupole deflection goes as p−3 , with p(t) being a laser signal’s evolving impact parameter; the quadrupole moment’s deflection has further latitude dependence if spacecraft lines of sight are so located.
Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test Of Relativity
At first sight this means a threat for the second law of thermodynamics as these collapsed ob jects are the most entropic entities of our world.
Relic gravitational waves in the expanding Universe
So, what does our double-dice system tells us about this subtle distinction between correlations of the first and second kind, and their role in the violation of Bell’s inequality? At first sight the model seems to confirm the belief that correlations of the first kind are responsible for the violation.
Quantum dice
Second, only a fraction f ((cid:28) ) of all the regions yielding a certain optical depth (cid:28) will not have collided with shocked gas, merging into systems yielding the absorption lines, and will also not be superposed with absorption from other regions having the same velocity along the line of sight.
THE GUNN-PETERSON EFFECT FROM UNDERDENSE REGIONS IN A PHOTOIONIZED INTERGALACTIC MEDIUM
Several quasars have been observed to have multiple images separated by a few arc seconds; this phenomenon is interpreted as arising from gravitational lensing of the source quasar by a galaxy along the line of sight.
Dark Matter and Structure Formation in the Universe
In the second class of models, BALQSO are normal quasars but viewed at a particular inclination such that our line-of-sight intercept a wind of material blown-off the surface of the accretion disk or the top of the molecular torus (e.g.
ISO observations of the radio-loud BALQSO 1556+3517
At first sight the second approach seems to be more appealing since there the reconstructed transport equation shares with the exact equation the full conservation of the particle number.
Towards a test particle description of transport processes for states with continuous mass spectra
Second, the additional lensing galaxies are placed at random angles around the line-of-sight, so that the expectation value of their combined shear averages to zero.
Weak Gravitational Lensing
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