• WordNet 3.6
    • n espial the act of detecting something; catching sight of something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Espial One who espies; a spy; a scout. "Their espials . . . brought word."
    • Espial The act of espying; notice; discovery. "Screened from espial by the jutting cape."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n espial The act of espying; observation; watch; scrutiny.
    • n espial A spy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Espial the act of espying: observation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. & Norm. F. espiaille,. See Espy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. espier, from root of spy.


In literature:

Then wisdom altered its method and spoke of espial and discovery.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
The other man seemed to think so, too; but when we came to talk over the best way of doing our espials, we were puzzled.
"Martin Hyde, The Duke's Messenger" by John Masefield
Hugh's espial was at an end.
"The Whirlpool" by George Gissing
How could he keep an espial on the house?
"Will Warburton" by George Gissing
From his new point of espial Kent checked off the members of the party.
"The Grafters" by Francis Lynde
At the moment of my espial, Cornwallis was speaking, and I drew back to listen, well enough content to be in earshot.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
The act of espial had always been hateful to him: he preferred to trust his brethren, and it cost far less trouble.
"Brother Copas" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Wee are to take heed of internall espials.
"A Discourse of Life and Death, by Mornay; and Antonius by Garnier" by Philippe de Mornay
Then Wisdom altered its method and spoke of espial and discovery.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Besides being kept under the eyes of these wretches, and exposed to their insults and mockery, she was subjected to espial from without.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
This by espial sure I know: Your counsel in the strait I show.
"Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott
Her system of espial is even more minute and irritating than that of Russia.
"The Destroyer" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
She did not intend an espial upon Anthony; the question was born of pain and bewilderment.
"A Man's Hearth" by Eleanor M. Ingram
First, espials were sent on both sides, to discouer the state and condition of their enemies.
"The Lives of the III Normans, Kings of England: William the First, William the Second, Henrie the First" by John Hayward

In news:

Ottawa, Ontario — Espial , an on-demand TV software and solutions provider, said that its Espial TV browser has been selected to power Toshiba's next-generation LED TVs in North America.
The Espial TV browser enables television providers to deploy personalized, interactive applications to consumers, the company said.
Espial said last week that Sharp has selected its Espial TV Browser to power new Sharp AQUOS LED TVs in Japan, China and North America.
Espial appoints VP of smart TV.
Espial to buy Kasenna for $6.6M in stock.
Espial announces closing of its initial public offering.
Espial announces closing of its initial public offering .
ANT plc Recommended acquisition by Espial (UK) of ANT plc.
ANT plc Recommended acquisition by Espial (UK) of ANT plc.