sight

Definitions

  • Sighting Along the Sole of Jack-Plane
    Sighting Along the Sole of Jack-Plane
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sight catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes "he caught sight of the king's men coming over the ridge"
    • v sight take aim by looking through the sights of a gun (or other device)
    • n sight the act of looking or seeing or observing "he tried to get a better view of it","his survey of the battlefield was limited"
    • n sight the range of vision "out of sight of land"
    • n sight the ability to see; the visual faculty
    • n sight an instance of visual perception "the sight of his wife brought him back to reality","the train was an unexpected sight"
    • n sight a range of mental vision "in his sight she could do no wrong"
    • n sight anything that is seen "he was a familiar sight on the television","they went to Paris to see the sights"
    • n sight (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent "a batch of letters","a deal of trouble","a lot of money","he made a mint on the stock market","see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos","it must have cost plenty","a slew of journalists","a wad of money"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Sighting an Edge Sighting an Edge
THE BEAN-STALK GROWS OUT OF SIGHT IN A NIGHT THE BEAN-STALK GROWS OUT OF SIGHT IN A NIGHT
do Not Lose Sight of My White Plume.'——30 do Not Lose Sight of My White Plume.'——30
Dad Was a Sight when We Found Him in Jail 155 Dad Was a Sight when We Found Him in Jail 155
The Man Rolled Dad over and he Was a Sight 210 The Man Rolled Dad over and he Was a Sight 210
ONE OF THE MOST COMMON SIGHTS IN NORTHWICH ONE OF THE MOST COMMON SIGHTS IN NORTHWICH
ALL AT ONCE HE CAUGHT SIGHT OF MY TOPEE ALL AT ONCE HE CAUGHT SIGHT OF MY TOPEE
The dragon catches sight of its reflection in the mirror The dragon catches sight of its reflection in the mirror

Webster's Revised Unabridged 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.
    • Sight A great number, quantity, or sum; as, a sight of money. "A wonder sight of flowers."
    • Sight A small aperture or optical device through which objects are to be seen, and by which their direction is settled or ascertained; -- used on surveying instruments; as, the sight of a quadrant. "Thier eyes of fire sparking through sights of steel."
    • Sight A spectacle; a view; a show; something worth seeing. "Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight , why the bush is not burnt.""They never saw a sight so fair."
    • Sight An optical device or small piece of metal, fixed or movable, on the breech, muzzle, center, or trunnion of a gun, or on the breech and the muzzle of a rifle, pistol, etc., by means of which the eye is guided in aiming. A telescope mounted on a weapon, such as a rifle, and used for accurate aiming at distant targets is called a telescopic sight.
    • Sight In a drawing, picture, etc., that part of the surface, as of paper or canvas, which is within the frame or the border or margin. In a frame or the like, the open space, the opening.
    • Sight Inspection; examination; as, a letter intended for the sight of only one person.
    • Sight Mental view; opinion; judgment; as, in their sight it was harmless. "That which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God."
    • Sight The act of seeing; perception of objects by the eye; view; as, to gain sight of land. "A cloud received him out of their sight ."
    • Sight The instrument of seeing; the eye. "Why cloud they not their sights ?"
    • Sight The power of seeing; the faculty of vision, or of perceiving objects by the instrumentality of the eyes. "Thy sight is young,
      And thou shalt read when mine begin to dazzle."
      "O loss of sight , of thee I most complain!"
    • Sight The state of admitting unobstructed vision; visibility; open view; region which the eye at one time surveys; space through which the power of vision extends; as, an object within sight .
    • Sight To apply sights to; to adjust the sights of; also, to give the proper elevation and direction to by means of a sight; as, to sight a rifle or a cannon.
    • Sight To get sight of; to see; as, to sight land; to sight a wreck.
    • Sight To look at through a sight; to see accurately; as, to sight an object, as a star.
    • v. i Sight (Mil) To take aim by a sight.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When a person dies, hearing is generally the last sense to go. The first sense lost is usually sight. Then follows taste, smell, and touch.
    • n sight The power of seeing; the faculty of vision; ability to perceive objects by means of the eyes: commonly reckoned the first of the five senses. Extent of the power of seeing is expressed by the phrases long or (better) far sight, and short or (better) near sight (in physiology, technically, hypermetropic or presbyopic vision and myopic vision, respectively). Formerly, but not now, used in the plural with reference to more than one subject.
    • n sight A seeing or looking; a vision or view; visual perception or inspection: with or without an article: as, to get a sight, or catch or lose sight, of an object; at first sight; a cheerful sight; to get out of one's sight.
    • n sight Scope of vision; limit of visual perception; seeing-distance; range of the eyes; open view: as, to put something out of sight.
    • n sight Gaze; look; view; visual attention or regard: as, to fix one's sight upon a distant landmark.
    • n sight Hence Mental regard or consideration; estimation; judgment; way of looking upon or thinking about a subject; point of view.
    • n sight The state of being seen; visual presence; a coming into view or within the range of vision: as, to know a person by or at sight; to honor a draft on sight.
    • n sight An insight; an opportunity for seeing or studying, as something to be learned.
    • n sight Hence An opportunity for doing something; an opening; a chance; a “show”: as, he has no sight against his opponent.
    • n sight Look; aspect; manner of appearing.
    • n sight Something seen or to be seen; a spectacle; a show; used absolutely, a striking spectacle; a gazing-stock; something adapted to attract the eyes or fix attention: as, the sights of a town; he was a sight to behold.
    • n sight Hence A number or quantity wonderful to see or contemplate; a surprising multitude or multiplicity presented to view or attention; a great many, or a great deal: as, what a sight of people! it must have taken a sight of work (to accomplish something).
    • n sight An aid to seeing. Specifically
    • n sight An aperture through which to look; in old armor, a perforation for the eye through the helmet; now. especially, a small piece (generally one of two pieces in line) with an aperture, either vacant (plain) or containing a lens (telescopic), on a surveying or other instrument, for aid in bringing an object observed into exact line with the point of observation: as, the sights of a quadrant or a compass.
    • n sight A device for directing the aim of a firearm, the most common sort being a metal pin set on top of the barrel near the muzzle. There are often two, one near the muzzle and the other at. the breech, the latter having a notch or hole through which the former is seen when the gun is pointed: in this case they are called fore-sight or front sight, and hind-sight or breech-sight Firearms intended for long range are fitted with sights marked for different elevations, or adjustable, by the use of which the aim can be taken for distances of several hundred yards. See bead-sight, peep-sight, and cuts under revolver and gunnery
    • n sight An aim or an observation taken by looking along the course of a gun or an instrument; in gunnery, specifically, the leveling or aiming of a gun by the aid of its sights; nautical, an instrumental observation of the sun or other heavenly body for determining the position of a vessel; in surveying, the fixing, by sight with an instrument, of the relative position of an object for the purpose of alinement. Coarse sight, in shooting, implies an aim taken by exposing a large part of the front sight to the eye in covering the object; fine sight implies a careful aim taken by exposing only the summit of the front sight. See bead, n., 4.
    • n sight Hence A straight stretch of road, as one along which a sight may be taken in surveying: a line uninterrupted by a bend or an elevation: as, go on three sights, and stop at the first house. Also called look.
    • n sight In picture-framing, that part of a picture of any kind which is exposed to view within the edge of a frame or mat; the whole of the space within the frame.
    • n sight In com., on presentation.
    • n sight Within view or seeing distance; in a position permitting sight or observation: with of: as, to be in sight of land.
    • n sight Within the range of observation or knowledge; known from inspection, search, or inquiry; that can be calculated upon as existing or available: as, the ore in sight in a mine; the amount of grain in sight for market.
    • n sight In estimation or consideration; as seen or judged; according to mental perception; with a possessive pronoun: as. to do what is light in one's own sight.
    • n sight Beyond all comparison; to or in a transcendent degree; in an unrivaled manner: as, to beat an opponent out of sight, as in a game or an election.
    • n sight To overlook; omit to take into calculation: as, you lose sight of my last argument.
    • n sight To consume.
    • sight To come in sight or get sight of; bring into view, especially into one's own view, as by approach or by search; make visible to one's self: as, to sight land; to sight game.
    • sight To take a sight of; make an observation of, especially with an instrument: as, to sight a star.
    • sight In com., to present to sight; bring under notice: as, to sight a bill (that is, to present it to the drawee for acceptance).
    • sight To direct upon the objeet aimed at by means of a sight or sights, as a firearm.
    • sight To provide with sights, or adjust the sights of, as a gun or an instrument.
    • sight A Middle English preterit of sigh.
    • n sight In cards, a show of the opponent's hand. In poker, when a player has not enough money to call a bet, he may demand a sight for what he has, but if he has borrowed to raise he must borrow to call.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. First off would be your sight.
    • n Sight sīt act of seeing: view: faculty of seeing: that which is seen: a spectacle: an object of especial interest: space within vision: examination: a small opening for looking through at objects: a metal pin on the top of a barrel of a gun to guide the eye in taking aim:
    • v.t Sight to catch sight of: to present to sight or put under notice
    • Sight sīt (Spens.) =Sighed.
    • n Sight sīt (slang) a great many or a great deal
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Quotations

  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.”
  • Euripides
    Euripides
    “There is nothing like the sight of an old enemy down on his luck.”
  • Helen Keller
    Helen%20Keller
    “Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful.”
  • Jean Anouilh
    Jean%20Anouilh
    “An ugly sight, a man who is afraid.”
  • Danish Proverb
    Danish Proverb
    “Sight before hearsay.”
  • Christopher Marlowe
    Christopher%20Marlowe
    “Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?”

Idioms

In your sights - If you have someone or something in your sights, they are your target to beat.
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Lower your sights - If you lower your sights, you accept something that is less than you were hoping for.
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Out of sight, out of mind - Out of sight, out of mind is used to suggest that someone will not think or worry about something if it isn't directly visible or available to them.
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Set your sights on - If you set your sights on someone or something, it is your ambition to beat them or to achieve that goal.
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Sight for sore eyes - Someone or something that is a sight for sore eyes is a pleasure to see.
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Sight to behold - If something is a sight to behold, it means that seeing it is in some way special, either spectacularly beautiful or, equally, incredibly ugly or revolting, etc.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sight, siþt, siht, AS. siht, gesiht, gesihð, gesiehð, gesyhð,; akin to D. gezicht, G. sicht, gesicht, Dan. sigte, Sw. sigt, from the root of E. see,. See See (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. siht, ge-sihtge-segen, pa.p. of seón, to see; Ger. sicht.

Usage

In literature:

No trees were in sight.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
And the sight of other men's performances helps us no more than the sight of a great actor gives the dramatic gift.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Was her flight an act of treachery, or the result of panic-stricken alarm at the sight of the battle?
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
And living; since at sight of them he betrays motion, and makes an attempt to speak.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Shall we put a sight on them inside, eh?
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
But this was no new sight to our young voyageurs, and soon ceased to be noticed by them.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
There seemed no one else in sight.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
The fact that he had taken the woman aboard in plain sight smacked merely of bravado.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
A common nautical phrase signifying along the coast, or a course which is in sight of the shore, and nearly parallel to it.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It was not long before Paul came in sight of Oakville.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
I couldn't see either of the sights on the gun.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
He has killed two men in duels, and they say that it is a sight to see him fighting.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
It was a charming sight.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Parsifal grasps the Spear, and the three vanish from sight among the trees.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
It was an awful sight and one that I will not soon forget.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
There was nothing and no one in sight yet amid the woodland shadows.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
Never was sight more welcome.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
Location, date of sighting, time of sighting, direction of sighting, number of persons who saw object.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Hunt knew that fragment, and at sight of it looked cynical.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
My head was singing, and my sight uncertain; though I was in no real distress.
"Gold" by Stewart White
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In poetry:

On a sudden,
the sight,
Your look of light,
stills all,
"In A Sudden" by Mirabai
Sight never to forget:
Solemn against the sky
In stately silhouette
Ten emus walking by.
"Emus" by Mary Eliza Fullerton
Dim foreign hills in sight
There on the beam;
Voices, now close aboard –
Like ghosts they seem.
"The Fishing Fleet" by Lincoln Colcord
Flying splendours, singing streams,
Lutes and lights,
May they be as happy dreams:
Sounds and sights;
"James Lionel Michael" by Henry Kendall
To him with sight made strong
By suffering and wrong,
The brows of all the throng
Are eloquent with song.
"The Poet Care" by Victor James Daley
And this waste of virgin snow
To my sight will not be fair,
Unless thou wilt smiling come,
Love, to wander with me there.
"The Student's Serenade" by Anne Bronte

In news:

Forces set sights on Taliban bastion of Kandahar.
My family had a one-in-a-lifetime sighting on Thursday, February 24th.
Blindstitching an ugly sight.
It doesn't duck out of sight.
Each year, thousands of citizens report their bird sightings to the Christmas Bird Count, the longest-running citizen science project in the world.
Blue whale sightings on rise in Monterey Bay.
EDN file photo / If you didn't see a sight just like this during April, you weren't out on the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails.
As you flip toward the latter third, however, you may be surprised to find barely a bean in sight.
Crumbling Engel is a sad sight.
While the much needed rain we received yesterday was a very welcomed sight, it did put a damper on the Evansville Otters home stand.
Peeples lost his sight 34 years ago.
To some in the White House, the sight of the financial world turning hard against Geithner is curious, even baffling.
If the sight of these slow- braised green beans reminds you of canned green beans, the scourge of school cafeterias everywhere, you may be skeptical.
Suri Cruise sighting at Chelsea Piers on July 12, 2012 in New York City.
Since it relies on Bluetooth, a radio-frequency system, you don't need a line-of-sight connection.
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In science:

Z is the Zeeman splitting coefficient, and C is a constant which depends on the angle between the line of sight and ~B (the possible forms of C will be discussed in §4.1).
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
The sizes of the absorbers have not been investigated in detail with simulations, but equation 2 does agree with the sizes derived from observations of multiple sight lines (e.g., ).
Explaining the Lyman-alpha forest
X is the distance along the line of sight and Y is distance in the plane of the sky.
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop
The separations of the peaks are partly due to the interstellar absorption and partly to the line-of-sight velocity components of the shocked gas.
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop
Figure 7: Shape of the emitting sheet along the line of sight.
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop
This is at first sight surprising because, as said above, more massive He–cores tend to reduce the extension of the blue loops, if not suppressing them (Lauterborn et al. 1971; see also the discussion in Maeder & Meynet 1989).
Stellar evolution with rotation X: Wolf-Rayet star populations at solar metallicity
The value for the angle of the line-of-sight to the jet axis we derive is rather small, but still compatible with the constraint θ < 47◦ obtained from VLBI observations of the jet-counterjet ratio (Jones & Wehrle 2002).
The nuclear SED of NGC6251: a BL Lac in the center of an FR I radio galaxy
The parameters of the model are: the size of the source R, the magnetic field B , the injected luminosity Linj , the relativistic beaming factor δ = [Γ(1 − β cos θ)]−1 (where θ is the angle between the jet axis and the line of sight), γmin , γmax and the slope p.
The nuclear SED of NGC6251: a BL Lac in the center of an FR I radio galaxy
At first sight one would think that this result is not sufficient for our purposes, since it compares the distribution function of a single U -statistic with its independent U -statistic counterpart, i.e. the supremum with respect to a class of functions is missing there.
An estimate on the maximum of a nice class of stochastic integrals
Assuming that the GC system has a gaussian line-of-sight velocity distribution with a similar dispersion, introducing a velocity cutoff at vr > 250 km s−1 excludes only the lowest 1.9% of the GC velocity distribution.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
At first sight, the temperature dependencies in Fig. 5 and 6 are a little surprising.
First order isotropic - smectic-A transition in liquid crystal-aerosil gels
At first sight one could have thought that the presence of n–changes of phases would simplify the analysis, at least for n large, due to the presence of terms proportional to exp(−n β γ F ∗ ).
One-dimensional random field Kac's model: localization of the phases
The knowledge of the Galactic column density along the line of sight to each burst is crucial for our study.
Absorption in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows
All the inferred NHGal values reveal no absorption excess due to presence of cirrus along the analyzed line of sight.
Absorption in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows
This spectral jump has been explained in terms of Lyα absorption from neutral hydrogen along the line of sight to a high redshift source (z > 5 Fruchter et al. 1999b).
Absorption in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows
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