• WordNet 3.6
    • n eyelid either of two folds of skin that can be moved to cover or open the eye "his lids would stay open no longer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sharks have upper and lower eyelids, but they do not blink
    • n Eyelid (Anat) The cover of the eye; that portion of movable skin with which an animal covers or uncovers the eyeball at pleasure.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An owl has three eyelids
    • n eyelid The cover of the eye; that portion of movable skin with which an animal covers the eyeball or uncovers it at pleasure. It serves the purposes of protecting and wiping the ball of the eye, as well as of moistening it by spreading the lacrymal fluid over its surface. Eyelids occur in mammals, birds, most reptiles, and Amphibia, not in Ophidia and true fishes. They are generally two in number, upper and lower, formed of ordinary skin and a layer of conjunctiva, stiffened or not with cartilage, and furnished with appropriate muscles, glands, etc.; they are technically called palpebræ. Some animals, as birds, have a third eyelid, the nictitating membrane, a fold of conjunctiva capable of being swept obliquely across the front of the eyeball; some mammals possess it imperfectly developed, as the horse. A similar structure defends the eye of some sharks, though seldom called eyelid. Serpents have no proper eyelids, because the cuticle continues unbroken over the eyeball. See cut under eye.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.
    • Eyelid the lid or cover of the eye: the portion of movable skin by means of which the eye is opened or closed at pleasure
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  • Anais Nin
    “Electric flesh-arrows... traversing the body. A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. It is the gong of the orgasm.”


Bat an eyelid - If someone doesn't bat an eyelid, they don't react or show any emotion when surprised, shocked, etc.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. éage; cf. Goth. augo, Ger. auge, Dut. oog, Ice. auga.


In literature:

With surprise and concern she saw that his eyelids were red.
"The Chink in the Armour" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
Her eyelids drooped; I saw that she was very sleepy.
"Jacqueline of Golden River" by H. M. Egbert
He sat with bent head and drooping eyelids.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Little by little her heavy eyelids struggled open.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls by the Sea" by Janet Aldridge
Charlie, the orderly, clung on by his eyelids in front, and off they went.
"The Luck of Thirteen" by Jan Gordon
First there are the eyelids.
"First Book in Physiology and Hygiene" by J.H. Kellogg
He telegraphed Aleck, who was by this time running down the eyelid of the squid, to meet him at his club in New York.
"The Stolen Singer" by Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
With a slow effort he raised his arm and his eyelids, in an appeal of all his weariness for my ear.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Belfast let out a groan; but Donkin above blinked his red eyelids with invisible eyelashes, and smiled bitterly over the nigger's head.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
Slowly, very slowly, the eyelids closed as though in sleep.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge

In poetry:

You smile, your eyelids flicker;
Shall I tell
How the world goes that lost you?
Shall I tell?
""Face In The Tomb That Lies So Still"" by Richard Le Gallienne
Ah! love, lift not your eyelids;
'Tis the same
Old story that we laughed at,—
Still the same.
""Face In The Tomb That Lies So Still"" by Richard Le Gallienne
The warden's eyelids fill,
And sighing, he replied,
"Of gloomy Pentonville
This is the female side!"
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert
But morning light was powerless,
Those eyelids to unclose;
And sunshine saw and left him,
In undisturbed repose.
"Reminiscences Of The Departed" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
If sleep perhaps my eyelids close,
'Tis but to dream of you;
A while I cease to feel my woes,
Nay, think I 'm happy too.
"Ode to Cynthia, on the Approach of Spring" by William Shenstone
His winking eyelid sang a song
Her heart could understand,
Eternity seemed scarce too long
When BERNARD squeezed her hand.
"First Love" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

What should I do if my eyelid periodically twitches.
Kubrick wanted to do to his audiences what he did to Alex in A Clockwork Orange: to peel back our eyelids until we are forced to see every beam from the projector.
In addition to upper and lower eyelids, woodpeckers have a third eyelid.
But he doesn't have any eyes or eyelids.
They have eyelids where snakes do not.
The chimp ripped off Nash's nose, lips, eyelids and hands before being killed by police.
Even physically holding their eyelids open, has been tried.
Recently I got up about 9:30 am on a Thursday and that next Sunday sat down to watch television through shut eyelids at 3:30 pm Between those two actions, I logged six and a half hours sleep, but none of it on Saturday night.
I also dusted purple eye shadow on her eyelids and red gloss on her lips while she showed me her purple press-on nails.
He has noticed, in particular, a rise in men interested in eyelid surgery, neck lift, and liposuction procedures.
Kubrick wanted to do to his audiences what he did to Alex in A Clockwork Orange: to peel back our eyelids until we are forced to see every beam from the projector.
She climbed into my bed and proceeded to pull my eyelids up while I struggled to put my brain in gear.
New research confirms what may be some women's greatest fear: You may actually turn into your mother - at least when it comes to aging in your lower eyelids.
Eyelid fat deposits, thinning hair seemed to predict cardiovascular woes, study found.
) to the strange (though my skin is dry, my eyelids are oily—what's up with that?

In science:

This is analyzed with the aid of intense color contrast of the white sclera and black iris which helped in iris detection but due to the presence of eyelid, accuracy is high only for portions that are not covered by the eyelid (in instances of blinking) which is only for horizontal portions.
Eye-GUIDE (Eye-Gaze User Interface Design) Messaging for Physically-Impaired People
The MPEG-4 defines a face model in its neutral state to have a specific set of properties like a) all face muscles are relaxed; b) eyelids are tangent to the iris; c) pupil is 1/3rd the diameter of the iris and so on. Key features like eye separation, iris diameter, etc are defined on this neutral face model .
Face Expression Recognition and Analysis: The State of the Art