sightly

Definitions

  • Sighting Along the Sole of Jack-Plane
    Sighting Along the Sole of Jack-Plane
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sightly very pleasing to the eye "my bonny lass","there's a bonny bay beyond","a comely face","young fair maidens"
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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.
    • Sightly Open to sight; conspicuous; as, a house stands in a sightly place.
    • Sightly Pleasing to the sight; comely. "Many brave, sightly horses."
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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.
    • sightly Pleasing to the eye; affording gratification to the sense of sight; esthotically pleasing.
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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.
    • adjs Sightly pleasing to the sight or eye: comely
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Quotations

  • Jean Anouilh
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    “An ugly sight, a man who is afraid.”
  • Wayne Calloway
    Wayne Calloway
    “Nothing focuses the mind better than the constant sight of a competitor who wants to wipe you off the map.”
  • Anita DeFrantz
    Anita DeFrantz
    “Your goal should be out of reach but not out of sight.”
  • Danish Proverb
    Danish Proverb
    “Sight before hearsay.”
  • Elias Canetti
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    “There is no doubt: the study of man is just beginning, at the same time that his end is in sight.”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “A man profits more by the sight of an idiot than by the orations of the learned.”

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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. siht, ge-sihtge-segen, pa.p. of seón, to see; Ger. sicht.

Usage

In literature:

The Continent itself appears to have been sighted for the first time in the year 1820, but no human being actually set foot on it until 1895.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
A moment later a beautiful young woman mounted on a tiger came in sight.
"The Grey Fairy Book" by Various
Pack her own clothes carefully out of sight.
"The Yeoman Adventurer" by George W. Gough
On the 25th a strange sail was sighted, and from the masthead a large fleet was soon afterwards made out bearing north-north-east.
"The Logbooks of the Lady Nelson" by Ida Lee
Of this we got sight on the 7th October, falling into a very dangerous bay, full of rocks; and that same night we lost company of Mr Drake.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume X" by Robert Kerr
When he caught sight of Fox he turned briskly, extending his hand.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
It was a clear case of hate at first sight, for the mule began to plunge and squeal the instant it saw her.
"Vanguards of the Plains" by Margaret McCarter
They proceeded together, till they came to the west end of the Straits of Magalhaens, and the Great South Sea in sight, where they were separated.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 14" by Robert Kerr
The plane, descending, skimmed the garden wall and passed out of sight.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
The 106th had disappeared, nor was there a man or an officer of their company in sight.
"The Downfall" by Emile Zola
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In poetry:

Speak, soul, aright in His holy sight
Whose eye looks still
And steadily on thee through the night
"To do His will!"
"My Soul And I" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Another moon doth swell and wane;
But how slowly it waneth!
How her heart now paineth
For sight of the Palmer again!
"Sir Raymond And The False Palmer" by Thomas Cooper
And verse or music was demanded;
Then solitude of night:
By which all—potent Three expanded
Waxeth the Inner Sight.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
O mother, open the window wide
And let the daylight in;
The hills grow darker to my sight
And thoughts begin to swim.
"At Last" by Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal
I went to bed the other night,
My sleep was sweet in part;
I dreamed I saw a lovely sight,
It was my dear sweetheart.
"My Sweetheart" by Frank Barbour Coffin
But something is not right within;
High hopes are far gone by.
Was it a bootless aim—to win
Sight of a loftier sky?
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald

In news:

Sight-fishermen anxiously awaiting For Amistad.
In 1776, the United States w as born by denouncing the tyranny of a government that lost sight of, didn't care for and ignored its people.
With The End Of Production In Sight, Some Dedicated Owners Visit The Place Where Their Cars Were Made.
Although he had been out of sight for three days, he assured Americans he was on top of the situation.
Gone Astray Sets Sights on Razorback.
THIS time last year the syndicated-loans market, where banks club together to make large loans to companies and governments, was not a pretty sight.
Check out Julie's sighting below.
Many investors have been lucky to break even over the last 12 years, and the end of the financial crisis is nowhere in sight.
At the restaurant, The Closer sets his sights on a signature entrée with a bottle of something special to celebrate success.
The most recent sighting was Tuesday just as the Camas High cross country team started racing.
Ugly truths Keep out of sight.
Sights around Rio de Janeiro.
The end of Milan is in sight.
A 7.4 earthquake in Mexico last month sent a shockwave to Death Valley National Park where scientists witnessed a sight not many have -- and they caught it on video.
I'm always warmed by the sight of teenagers on a date in a restau­rant or at the park.
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In science:

Arabadijs & Bregman 1999), X-ray absorption measurements provide a linear measure of the total mass along the line of sight.
AGN in the XMM-Newton first-light image as probes for the interstellar medium in the LMC
The higher absorption seen in the XMM sources suggests either large amounts of H ii and/or H2 gas or higher metal abundances along their lines of sight through the LMC.
AGN in the XMM-Newton first-light image as probes for the interstellar medium in the LMC
Next, we would like to discuss a model where the situation seems to be improved, at first sight.
Fine-Tuning of the Cosmological Constant in Brane Worlds
Physically this means that the observed gravitational-wave signal depends only on the line of sight to the source, surely a plausible result.
Gravitational radiation, energy and reaction on quasi-spherical black holes
The polarization of the pulse should be dictated by the mechanism of pulse generation: e.g., perpendicular to the line of sight with component along v × B for the charge-separation mechanism.
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
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