lookout

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lookout the act of looking out
    • n lookout a structure commanding a wide view of its surroundings
    • n lookout an elevated post affording a wide view
    • n lookout a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lookout A careful looking or watching for any object or event.
    • Lookout A person engaged in watching; a sentinel; a sentry.
    • Lookout Object or duty of forethought and care; responsibility.
    • Lookout The place from which such observation is made.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lookout A watching for the appearance or occurrence of anything, especially from without; vigilant observation or scrutiny; watch: as, to keep a good lookout at sea; to be on the lookout for an opportunity.
    • n lookout A place where a watch is kept; a post of external observation: as, the lookout on a ship's mast.
    • n lookout A person or party engaged in keeping watch, especially for things outside.
    • n lookout The subject of observation or vigilance; something to be watched for or guarded against: as, every man's interest is his own lookout.
    • n lookout A prospect or view; an outlook.
    • n lookout In car-building, a glazed clearstory on the roof of a caboose, designed to enable the train-hands to obtain a clear view over the tops of the cars in a train.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lookout a careful watching for: an elevated place from which to observe: one engaged in watching
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lócian, to look.

Usage

In literature:

I have been on the lookout for this boat since night before last.
"Desk and Debit" by Oliver Optic
However, when I call the captain I'll tell him to keep a sharp lookout.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
And that's his principal lookout when a deal is on.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
The lead was kept constantly going, and hands were stationed aloft as lookouts.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
He's always on the lookout for bits of iron and broken crockery.
"Diamond Dyke" by George Manville Fenn
I received his assurance that he would keep a lookout for the hospital boat.
"Labrador Days" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
The buffaloes do that by keeping a lookout nearly all the time.
"The Wonders of the Jungle" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
Therefore at very brief intervals I admonished Murdock to "keep his eyes skinned", at the same time myself keeping as sharp a lookout as I could.
"Turned Adrift" by Harry Collingwood
Captain Gordon had been instructed to be on the lookout for these marauders.
"A Lieutenant at Eighteen" by Oliver Optic
The enemy had a battery planted on the Lookout, at the Point of Rocks, whence he shelled us continually.
"History of the Eighty-sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, during its term of service" by John R. Kinnear
The lookout men were on the alert, expecting to sight land every minute.
"Young Glory and the Spanish Cruiser" by Walter Fenton Mott
Ramos was on lookout, then, with eyes, radar and rifle.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
On the forward deck two men were on lookout.
"A Voyage with Captain Dynamite" by Charles Edward Rich
The lookout on the masthead has sighted Mauna-Loa.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
I had let it down on the floor-board, and was on the lookout for an attack.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
He stealthily glanced here and there, on the lookout for Taggarak, but saw nothing of him.
"Deerfoot in The Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
That's a nice lookout, upon my word!
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
Very likely some of those custom-house officers got wind of the affair, and were on the lookout for the boat.
"Little Bobtail" by Oliver Optic
If he did not heed it that was his own lookout.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
The strikers would be on the lookout for regular watchmen, not for keen-eyed boys.
"The Boy Scout Fire Fighters" by Robert Maitland
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In poetry:

And soon as rang the lookout's cry
That hailed the sight of land,
Oh, they were aware of a U-boat there
That signaled them to stand.
"The Ballad Of The Dinkinbar" by Cicely Fox Smith
One woman at her spinning stands
    There in the lookout high,
Now glances at the woodland's edge,
    And now spins busily.
"York Garrison, 1640" by Sarah Orne Jewett
At fifteen I stopped scowling,
I desired my dust to be mingled with yours
Forever and forever and forever.
Why should I climb the lookout?
"The River-Merchant's Wife" by Ezra Pound
O, mystic Land of Some Day,
Behold our sails spread wide,
As toward thy azure mountains
'Neath softest skies we glide;
"Land ho!" the lookout's calling,
Down oars and sails are falling — Forever, just ahead!
"Some Day Land" by James Edwin Campbell
Will Henry again ever be on the lookout for women & milk,
honour & love again,
have a buck or three?
He felt like shrieking but he shuddered as
(spring mist, warm, rain) an handful with quietness
vanisht & the thing took hold.
"Dream Song 52: Silent Song" by John Berryman
But there's one won't wake nor wonder, nor scoff no grub at all,
Nor drag his achin' bones along to tally on the fall,
Nor jump to please the toughest mate New England ever bred,
Not stand no trick nor lookout &mdash an' for why? Because he's dead!
"Shanghai Passage" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Law enforcement officers are on the lookout for thieves who have cost farmers tens of thousands of dollars in equipment damage.
I'm the guy who is always on the lookout for classic ray guns at flea markets and antique shops.
Highland Park officials are urging residents to be on the lookout after another report of a cougar sighting.
Along with the Sandhill Cranes , the Whooping Cranes are also making their way through and Nebraskans are asked to be on the lookout.
Cold weather is putting bugs on the lookout for a warm winter home.
Lookout Pass rain should change into 4"-8" snow through Saturday at the summit…All Pass travel appears favorable Sunday.
Police issue lookout for suspect in Macon Waffle House shootings.
Police in Richmond issued an alert today warning residents to be on the lookout for a suspect linked to the abductions and rapes of two young women and an attempted abduction during the past six months.
We here at The Washingtonian are constantly on the lookout for great items with local ties.
A US soldier on lookout in Afghanistan.
Former Chattanooga Lookouts dugout manager opens golf club repair shop.
The public television series "Biz Kids" is on the lookout for America's youngest social entrepreneurs .
That's me, on the lookout for stray strippers.
Be on the lookout for Tyga hitting the road really soon and more big releases from Cash Money in the very near future.
Clovis farmer's market on lookout for counterfeit bills.
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In science:

Fred has always been on the lookout for such ’non-accidents’.
The work of Fred Cohen
While exploring the vista from this window we should be on the lookout for any deviation from the Standard Model which will provide us with information about that elusive beast, the mechanism of electro-weak symmetry breaking.
Summary of Top Quark Physics
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