• WordNet 3.6
    • n sightlessness the state of being blind or lacking sight
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sightlessness The state of being sightless: want of sight.
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In literature:

It was a good combination, the man with the damaged heart and the dog with the sightless eyes.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
One of those great blue eyes was sightless.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
No wonder mine grew sightless as his own through swimming tears.
"Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885" by Various
The dead worlds are hidden in the lap of Night, sightless, forlorn wanderers.
"The Masque of the Elements" by Herman Scheffauer
The two stood, not breathing, sightless eyes fixed on nothing.
"It Could Be Anything" by John Keith Laumer
Then those outside saw Laura Sloly lean over and close the sightless eyes.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
I tried to dismiss the apparently sightless girl from my mind, but somehow the affair obsessed me.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
After that conference, I knew full well that I should not be a burden upon anybody, sightless though I was.
"Through St. Dunstan's to Light" by James H. Rawlinson
And see, something was moving in the sunshine, in the sightless cavernous eyes!
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
The girl was sitting on the bed, silent, intent, following Lansing with her sightless eyes.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
The woman appealed to the Queen with her eyes streaming, but Katharine stood silent and like a statue with sightless eyes.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
Blue glasses concealed one sightless eye.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
Naomi obediently opened her brown eyes and stared, sightless as ever, into her father's face.
"Christmas Light" by Ethel Calvert Phillips
The sightless babe waved its tiny hands in mute helplessness, while Dona Maria held it closely to her bosom.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Like a fleet manned by sightless sailors the line of boats blundered on through the blackness.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
Down here you're a sightless mole, and you'll always be a mere abomination to the Metal Prince.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Men are poor, sightless creatures; animals see spirits where we are blind as bats.
"Prisoners of Conscience" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
In the flickering light his eyes were glazed, two sightless orbs.
"Second Variety" by Philip Kindred Dick
What is my inconvenience compared with the affliction of being sightless from birth.
"On the right of the British line" by Gilbert Nobbs
And Tavia's eyes were open, though they seemed sightless.
"Dorothy Dale's Great Secret" by Margaret Penrose

In poetry:

The hollow water curved about their ankles
Like amber; splashes glistened on their thighs;
Sun barred their lifted heads and their far-seeing
Yet sightless eyes.
"The Ancient Gods" by Mary Webb
O, what is joy? In vain we grasp
Her purple wings;
Unwon, unwooed, she flits to dwell
With humble things;
She shares my sightless singer's cage,
And so--he sings.
"A Blind Singer" by Susan Coolidge
But for the child, the sightless Boy,
It is the triumph of his joy!
The bravest traveller in balloon,
Mounting as if to reach the moon,
Was never half so blessed.
"Memorials Of A Tour In Scotland, 1803" by William Wordsworth
She knows,
She knows well enough to come for food,
Yet she sees me not;
Her bright eye sees, but not me, not anything,
Sightful, sightless, seeing and visionless,
Reptile mistress.
"Lui Et Elle" by D H Lawrence
Dead as to captives grown supine,
Chained to their task in sightless mine:
Above, the bland day smiles benign,
Birds carol free,
In thunderous throes of life divine
Leaps the glad sea;
"A Child's Hair" by William Watson
The sightless, on a tow'r — the foe to see —
The stupid — to instruct a stupid race —
Th' unskillful steersman, to the helm, at sea,
By man are plac'd — God such did never place.
"The Duty Of Clergymen" by Rees Prichard

In news:

The raised-dot alphabet system has been around since 1829 to help sightless people read, but recent technological advancements are enabling materials to be produced more quickly than ever before.
A sightless gospel screamer possessed of the Holy Ghost, Arizona Dranes was the first to record hot piano with praise lyrics, pioneering gospel music with a series of test records in 1926.
Sightless , but not senseless to the cries of Chinese women.
Sightless cells hidden within the eye may set our circadian rhythms, trigger migraines, and explain the seasonal ebb and flow of our moods.
Though he's been sightless most of his life, he's always known exactly where he's going.
Company has developed eye implant technology to help sightless detect color, movement and objects.

In science:

Therefore, the problem is turned into how to track the paths and recognizing the current position in a sightless condition.
An Integrated Software-based Solution for Modular and Self-independent Networked Robot