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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v eye look at
    • n eye a small hole or loop (as in a needle) "the thread wouldn't go through the eye"
    • n eye the organ of sight
    • n eye good discernment (either visually or as if visually) "she has an eye for fresh talent","he has an artist's eye"
    • n eye attention to what is seen "he tried to catch her eye"
    • n eye an area that is approximately central within some larger region "it is in the center of town","they ran forward into the heart of the struggle","they were in the eye of the storm"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Herman's eyes were fixed on the rock Herman's eyes were fixed on the rock
Sis Opened Her Eyes and Sat Down Sis Opened Her Eyes and Sat Down
A kitten with its eyes closed, ignoring the two mice laughing behind it A kitten with its eyes closed, ignoring the two mice laughing behind it
A regular waterfall of tears came gushing from her eyes, flooding all around her A regular waterfall of tears came gushing from her eyes, flooding all around her
Laurie heroically shut his eyes while something was put into his arms Laurie heroically shut his eyes while something was put into his arms
A section through the compound eye A section through the compound eye

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Whale eyes are the size of a grapefruit
    • n Eye ī (Zoöl) A brood; as, an eye of pheasants.
    • v. i Eye To appear; to look. "My becomings kill me, when they do not Eye well to you."
    • v. t Eye ī To fix the eye on; to stare at; to look on; to view; to observe; particularly, to observe or watch narrowly, or with fixed attention; to hold in view. "Eye me, blest Providence, and square my trial
      To my proportioned strength."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A scorpion can have up to 12 eyes
    • n eye The organ of vision; the physiological mechanism of the sense of sight; an anatomical arrangement of parts by which optical images may be formed; in general, any part of an animal body by means of which the faculty of vision is exercised, or the impact of the light-rays is sensed as a visual impression or optical image. In most of the higher animals, as nearly all vertebrates, the eye is developed as a very special sense-organ of great structural complexity and functional delicacy. But from the point of view of comparative anatomy an eye is any part of an animal body which responds more readily than other parts to the special stimulus of light, or whose activity is specially excited by the impact of light-rays. Thus, an extremely rude eye in the form of a mere spot, often a pigment-spot sensitive*** light, is common in low animals, as in infusorians, a*** may be situated anywhere on the body, and may be indefinitely multiplied in number. These rudiments of eyes are commonly described as eye-specks, eye-points, or eye-spots. (See cut under Balanoglossus.) In various cœlenterates and echinoderms organs apparently responsive to the action of light occur in various parts of the body and in varying numbers. Somewhat higher in the scale of evolution, eyes become unmistakable in structural character, however dim or uncertain their actual visual function may be, as in worms, snails, etc. But in some of the Mollusca, as cuttlefishes, eyes are highly specialized as visual organs of conspicuous character, comparable to those of vertebrates, though constructed on a different plan. In the vast assemblage of arthropods, as crustaceans, insects proper, and arachnidans, constituting a large majority of the animal kingdom, eyes as a rule are well developed under one or both of two main modifications, namely, the simple eye or ocellus and the compound eye or oculus. (See compound eye, below, and cut under falx.) Such eyes are usually only two, but may be four, six, or eight in number. These higher numbers of eyes occur chiefly in arachuidans, as spiders. Crustaceans have normally a single pair, often mounted on movable eye-stalks or ophthalmites, which are modified limbs of one of the cephalic segments. (See cut under stalk-eyed.) A few crustaceans have a single median eye. In vertebrates, where the eyes are normally never more nor fewer than one pair, these organs are received in special formations of the skull, the sockets or orbits of the eyes; and the eyes are usually further defended from accidental injury by various contrivances, as eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows. (See these words.) Other appendages of the eye namable among its “defenses” are the lacrymal apparatus, which secretes tears to moisten the organ, and the glandular structures (Meibomian follicles), which serve for its lubrication by secreting a greasy substance. The front of the eye has usually a special mucous membrane, the conjunctiva. The most essential or intimate parts of the organ of vision are contained in a globe or disk, the eyeball (which see), which is freely movable in its socket in the higher vertebrates, and rolled about by the action of various muscles, as the four recti and two obliqui of man and the choanoid muscle of some mammals. Externally the eyeball consists for the most part of a tough opaque membrane, the sclerotic; but in front, of a hard transparent structure, the cornea. These together are the outermost of three tunics or coats of the eye; the second tunic consists of the choroid coat and ciliary processes and the iris, and the third and innermost of the retina, the expanded end of the optic nerve, which enters the ball from behind and spreads out upon the choroid to a varying extent. The retina receives optical impressions focused upon it by the crystalline lens, which are transmitted by the optic nerve to the brain, where they are sensed as visual images. The hollow eyeball with its several tunics forms a kind of camera filled with certain solid and fluid refractive media. Directly in the axis of vision in the interior of the ball is suspended a solid biconvex body, the crystalline lens, serving to bring rays of light to a focus on the retina. The lens, inclosed in its capsule, also divides the interior of the eye into two compartments. The larger rear compartment is filled with a glassy fluid, the vitreous humor, inclosed in a delicate hyaloid membrane, which may also send prolongations through its substance. In front of the lens, between this structure and the cornea, the space is filled with a more watery fluid, the aqueous humor. This anterior space is partly divided into an anterior and a posterior chamber by the iris, which hangs in front of the lens like a curtain with a hole in the middle, the pupil. Besides the optic nerve, or special nerve of sight, the eye is supplied with other motor, sensory, and sympathetic nerves, and has its appropriate blood-vessels. In man both eyes look directly forward, their axes being parallel, though the orbits in which they are contained present a little outward, or away from each other. The optic nerve follows the axis of the orbit, and consequently pierces the eyeball behind, a little on the inner side—that is, toward the nose. The muscles which move the ball are six, the rectus superior, rectus inferior, rectus externus, rectus internus, obliquus superior, and obliquus inferior. These muscles are innervated by three motor nerves, the oculomotor, trochlear or pathetic (distributed to the obliquus superior), and abducent (distributed to the rectus externus). The ball is embedded in a quantity of adipose tissue forming a soft cushion, but is also somewhat isolated by means of a thin membranous sac called the vaginal tunic or sheath of the eye. The ball is nearly spherical or globular, but is a little deeper and wider across than from before backward, measuring about an inch in each of the former axes and of an inch in the latter. (For the structure of the several tunics, see sclerotic, cornea, choroid, ciliary, iris, and retina.) The retina is an expansion of the optic nerve into a large, circular, concavo-convex sheet, which rests upon the choroid with its inner surface in contact with the body of vitreous humor in the back of the eye. In the middle of it and in the axis of the eye is a little rounded elevation, the yellow spot, or macula lutea, with a depression at its summit, the fovea centralis. To the nasal side of the yellow spot is the entrance of the optic nerve and of the central retinal artery; and here the retina lacks the visual function which characterizes all the rest of its surface. The lens is suspended in a transparent capsule in the axis of vision; it is biconvex, and more convex on its posterior than on its anterior surface. It is about ⅓ of an inch across and ¼ of an inch deep, and its structure presents concentric laminations. It tends to fiatten with age. (See crystalline lens, under crystalline.) The vitreous humor fills the hollow of the eyeball behind the lens. It is a glassy or jelly-like substance, consisting chiefly of water, with a little saline and albuminous material, inclosed in a delicate hyaloid membrane continuous in front with the capsule and suspensory ligament of the lens, and behind resting upon the retina. Some prolongations of the hyaloid enter the substance of this humor, and one of these is called the canal of Stilling. The quantity of vitreous humor, or bulk of the vitreous body, is about ⅘ of the entire mass of the eyeball. The aqueous humor is the slightly saline watery fluid which fills the eye in front of the lens, between this and the cornea, on both sides of the iris, consequently occupying the whole of the anterior and posterior chambers of the eye. Its bulk is very small. (See conjunctiva, lacrymal, Meibomian, nasal, ocular, ophthalmic, optic, palpebral, superciliary, tarsal, etc.) The eye agrees with other sense-organs in development in the embryo, in being partly formed by the inversion or involution of a portion of epiblast from without, and partly by protrusion or evolution from within of a primitive ocular vesicle, the two coming together in the situation where the lens is to be developed. The result is that a portion of epiblast from the back of the embryo, which had been shut into the hollow of the cerebrospinal tube, pushes out from one of the cerebral vesicles to meet another portion of epiblast from the face of the embryo. Thus, the retina and associate parts are an outgrowth from the undeveloped brain, while the lens and associate epithelial structures are an ingrowth of epidermis. In other mammals with well-formed eyes the structure is substantially the same as in man, though minor and incidental variations are numerous. The eyes of quadrupeds usually present laterally, and not directly forward. They are usually relatively larger and probably much more effective organs of vision than those of man. They frequently develop a special choanoid muscle or retractor of the eyeball. The iris is commonly black, brown, or of some dark tint, seldom bluish or pale. It often contracts in such a way that the pupil is linear, elliptical, or narrowly oval, instead of circular, as in man. This is well seen in the cat. In birds several modifications occur. The eyeball is strengthened and its shape molded by a set of splint-bones or small bony plates disposed in a circle in the sclerotic around the cornea. The ball is hemispherical with an anterior projection, somewhat like a short acorn in a large cup, and the cornea is very convex. The pupil is always circular, though the iris may be so motile as to present only a narrow ring round the pupil, or to reduce the pupil to a mere point. These changes are well seen in the eyes of owls. There is also in the vitreous humor a peculiar plaiting or folding of the choroid, called the marsupium or pecten. The visual range and power of the eye in some birds, if not in all, are much greater than in man. All birds have three eyelids, the third very fully developed and arranged so as to sweep entirely across the front of the eye by means of special muscles and tendons upon the back of the eyeball. No birds are eyeless. In reptiles the eyes are structurally more like those of birds than of mammals. Some reptiles are eyeless, or have very rudimentary eyes. Most have eyelids, but these are wanting in ophidians, a transparent cuticle being continued directly over the ball, and shed with the rest of the cuticle. In fishes the eyes are generally symmetrically lateral, but not infrequently dorsal and closely approximated to each other, and rarely inferior; in one type, the heterosomes or flat-fishes, they are, however, both on one side, that belonging to the side which rests on the ground being in the very young in the normal position, but soon actually penetrating through the integument, and with the circumocular cranial region twisting to the opposite side and assuming a permanent position above the regular eye of the colored or uppermost side. The accessories of the eyes of mammals are undeveloped in fishes, but the eyes themselves are sometimes covered by a fold of the integument, and sometimes, as in some sharks, by a peculiar nictitant membrane. Among the most characteristic features are the flattening of the cornea and the sphericity of the crystalline lens. In one group (Anableps) a remarkable deviation from all other forms occurs, in that the cornea is divided by a horizontal band of the conjunctiva into upper and lower halves, and two pupils are developed, the species consequently being known as four-eyed fishes. In the lowest of the vertebrates (Branchiostoma) the eye is represented by a very small spot, coated with dark pigment and receiving the end of a short nerve. See vision.
    • n eye In a restricted or specific use, some part or appurtenance of the physical eye, taken as representing the whole. The hole in the iris through which light enters; the pupil: as, owls' eyes contract in daylight; circular or oval eyes.
    • n eye Figuratively Vision; the act of seeing, or the field of sight; hence, observation; watch.
    • n eye The power of seeing; range or delicacy of vision; appreciative or discriminative visual perception: as, to have the eye of a sailor; he has an eye for color, the picturesque, etc.
    • n eye Mental view or perception; power of mental perception; opinion formed by observation or contemplation.
    • n eye Look; countenance; aspect; face; presence.
    • n eye Regard; respect; view; close attention; aim.
    • n eye Opposed aspect or course; confronting presentation or direction: chiefly or wholly nautical: as, to steer a ship in the sun's eye; to sail in the wind's eye.
    • n eye Something resembling or suggesting an eye in shape, position, or general appearance. Specifically— The bud or shoot of a plant or tuber.
    • n eye One of the spots on a peacock's tail.
    • n eye The muscular impression on the inner side of the shell of a bivalve, as an oyster. See ciborium.
    • n eye The hole or aperture in a needle through which the thread passes.
    • n eye The hole in any instrument or tool in which a handle or the like is secured, or through which it is passed, as that for the handle in a hammer-head, that for the helve in an ax, that for the ring in the shank of an anchor, etc.
    • n eye The hole of a millstone through which the grain passes.
    • n eye In metallurgy, an opening at the angle of the tuyere, or where the tuyere connects with the gooseneck, in a blast-furnace, through which the state of the interior may be examined. This opening, which is protected by a plate of glass or mica, is called the eye of the furnace.
    • n eye The catch of bent wire into which a hook (forming with it a hook and eye) is inserted.
    • n eye An eyebolt.
    • n eye Nautical, the loop at the upper end of a backstay or pair of shrouds which goes over the masthead of a ship.
    • n eye The metal loop at the end of a harness-trace.
    • n eye In archery, the loop of a bowstring which passes over the upper nock in bracing.
    • n eye The socket at the end of a carriage-pole or shaft.
    • n eye The center of a wheel or crank, designed to receive the shaft or axle.
    • n eye The center of a target.
    • n eye In architecture, a general term for the distinctly marked center of anything: thus, the eye of a volute is the circle at its center from which the spiral lines spring; the eye of a dome is a circular aperture at its apex; the eye of a pediment is a circular window in its center.
    • n eye A center or focus of light, power, or influence: as, the sun is the eye of day.
    • n eye A slight or just distinguishable tint of a color; tinge; shade.
    • n eye In Crustacea, a calcareous concretion embedded in the walls of the stomach. These concretions are supposed, but not known, to furnish a supply of calcareous substance for the formation of the new-shell after a molt; but they are so small that this theory is hardly tenable. In the case of the higher crustaceans they are more fully called crab's eyes. (See crab.) In the crawfish they are two discoidal plates in the middle of the lateral surface of the walls of the anterior dilated portion of the cardiac division of the stomach, and weigh about two grains. They begin as calcareous deposits underneath the chitinous gastric lining, and increase until the creature molts, when they are also shed, together with the lining membrane and gastric armature.
    • n eye An eye whose lids and surrounding parts are livid or discolored, as by a blow or bruise.
    • n eye Figuratively, defeat; repulse; injury; disgrace or disfavor; hence, a shock, as if from a blow on the eye: as, that scheme got a black eye in the committee; I will give him a black eye in print.
    • n eye To take the conceit out of a person; show one how foolish one is: as, to wipe one's eye for him.
    • eye To fix the eye on; look at; view; observe; particularly, to observe or watch narrowly or with fixed attention.
    • eye To make an eye in: as, to eye a needle.
    • eye To be seen; appear; have an appearance.
    • n eye A brood: as, an eye or a shoal of fish.
    • n eye In some echinoids, a minute pigmented nodule, probably without visual functions, situated at the end of an ambulacrum.
    • n eye In photography, the spectral range of wave-lengths to which a photographic plate or film is sensitive
    • n eye In chitons, one of the numerous pigmented spots scattered either irregularly or symmetrically over the outer surface of the exposed area of the shell. “Same as shell-eye.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world
    • n Eye ī (obs.) a brood.
    • n Eye ī the organ of sight or vision, more correctly the globe or movable part of it: the power of seeing: sight: regard: aim: keenness of perception: anything resembling an eye, as the hole of a needle, loop or ring for a hook, &c.: the seed-bud of a potato:
    • v.t Eye to look on: to observe narrowly
    • v.i Eye (Shak.) to appear:—pr.p. ey′ing or eye′ing; pa.p. eyed (īd)
    • v.t Eye to provide with artificial eyebrows
    • v.i Eye to make eyelets
    • n Eye ī (pl.) the foremost part of a ship's bows, the hawse-holes
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  • Samuel Lover
    Samuel Lover
    “Reproof on her lips, but a smile in her eyes.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “Be slow of tongue and quick of eye.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “When the eyes say one thing, and the tongue another, a practiced man relies on the language of the first.”
  • Mary Mccarthy
    “Every age has a keyhole to which its eye is pasted.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “I have met the enemy, and it is the eyes of other people.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.”


A fresh pair of eyes - A person who is brought in to examine something carefully is a fresh pair of eyes.
All eyes on me - If all eyes are on someone, then everyone is paying attention to them.
All my eye and Peggy Martin - (UK) An idiom that appears to have gone out of use but was prevalent in the English north Midlands of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire from at least the turn of the 20th century until the early 1950s or so. The idiom's meaning is literally something said or written that is unbelievable, rumor, over embellished, the result of malicious village gossip etc.
Apple of your eye - Something or, more often, someone that is very special to you is the 'apple of your' eye.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder means that different people will find different things beautiful and that the differences of opinion don't matter greatly.
Bedroom eyes - Someone with bedroom eyes has a sexy look in their eyes.
Better than a stick in the eye - If something is better than a stick in the eye, it isn't very good, but it is better than nothing.
Bird's eye view - If you have a bird's eye view of something, you can see it perfectly clearly.
Blink of an eye - If something happens in the blink of an eye, it happens so fast it is almost impossible to notice it.
Blue-eyed boy - Someone's blue-eyed boy is their favourite person.
Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed - If someone's bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, they are full of energy and enthusiasm.
Cast sheep's eyes at - If you cast sheep's eyes at at someone, you look lovingly or with longing at them.
Cry your eyes out - If you cry your eyes out, you cry uncontrollably.
Discerning eye - If a person has a discerning eye, they are particularly good at judging the quality of something.
Eagle eyes - Someone who has eagle eyes sees everything; no detail is too small.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. fr. nye, an eye, being for a nye,. See Nye
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. éage; cf. Goth. augo, Ger. auge, Dut. oog, Ice. auga.


In literature:

He could not have told whether his hand followed his eye, or his eye followed his hand.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
The captain of the rangers met him eye to eye.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
As in the eyes of Sally, in his eyes was a long, reflective look which told of things overcome, and yet of dangers present.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
Her skin was delicately fair, and beneath her long dark eye-lashes her laughing blue eyes shone with truth and purity.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
When Hilda opened her eyes the first thing that she saw was the face of Lord Chetwynde, whose eyes were fixed upon hers.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
It took no effort on her part to bring back to her memory Jordan Morse's handsome face and his rock-grey eyes, eyes like Bobbie's.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
The British pale eyes and the American pale eyes are at peace.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
There stood his mother, white of face, reproachful of eye.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
Her eyes were dull, her heart burned out, her hands gnarled with toil under the slavedom of a beast.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
Like the eyes of a hunting ferret his own eyes swept quickly about the room.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood

In poetry:

My days
are like the waiting room
of a station:
eyes glued
to the tracks…
"Gioconda And Si-Ya-U" by Nazim Hikmet
Oh, let me understand,
Love and repent,
Upon my eyes to the
Joys you have sent.
"Rustling Wood." by R S Ward
But, as I shut my eyes
Know I the sign
That you are here, yourself,
Bodily, mine.--
"Parted" by Sophie Margaret Hensley
Look upon me sweetly
With Thy Human Eyes
With Thy Human Finger
Point me to the skies.
"Homo Factus Est" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
Turn on the poet's eyes
That love makes overrun—
(See rise
The lark to meet the sun!)
"Before Your Light Quite Fail" by Paul Verlaine
My mother's eyes were kind,
But oh! kind eyes and smile
That won me to this lone isle,
She is left behind.
"On An Island" by Anna Johnston MacManus

In news:

Being teary -eyed has become natural for me, time, test, remember, don, heart, eyes, teary , parking, thought, tova.
Being teary-eyed has become natural for me, time, test, remember, don, heart, eyes, teary, parking, thought, tova.
Is the belief 'An eye for an eye' giving us the right to retaliate.
We'll be keeping an eye on President Obama as he discusses health care at his prime-time presser tonight at 8 pm, so keep an eye on our Twitter page.
Sometimes there are people in life with whom you just don't see eye-to-eye.
(Bloom Eye Candy from Bloom & Grow collection) My Mind's Eye Clear stamps: ( watering can , flowers, stems from Green Thumb set.
(Bloom Eye Candy from Bloom & Grow collection) My Mind's Eye Clear stamps: (watering can, flowers, stems from Green Thumb set.
They use the wearer 's real eye rotation center and natural head posture data to perfectly calculate the design for each eye, of every wearer .
The 33-year-old Kenyan woman's dark eyes shone against purple eye shadow.
MADRID, SPAIN – JULY 14: US singer Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas of The Black Eyed Peas performs on stage at the Vicente Calderon stadium on July 14, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.
The left eye was damaged so severely that the sea lion, nicknamed Whirlybird, was blind in both eyes.
Veterinarians determined the injury to his eye was the result of a gunshot wound, and that the animal was blind in the right eye with limited vision in the left.
Imagine the literary masterpieces the world would never know if children grew up seeing eye-to-eye with their parents.
I was checking facebook and saw that Heaton Eye Associates is having a contest where you send in a one minute video explaining "Why you need LASIK at Heaton Eye Associates.".
Sue Holmes eyed the newspaper ad like a hungry fish eyes a worm.

In science:

The inset shows a plot (log M (t), t1/2 ), where the dotted line is a straight guide line for eye.
Nonexponential Relaxation of Magnetization at the Resonant Tunneling Point under a Fluctuating Random Noise
The squares (open squares) are the result of thermodynamic integration, and the line just a guide to the eye.
Phase Behavior of a Simple Model for Membrane Proteins
The curve connecting the squares in Figure (5) is only a guide to the eye.
Phase Behavior of a Simple Model for Membrane Proteins
The exp-lines are guides to the eye, and their prefactors are estimated using least-squares fit. (c) The data-collapse of (a) by scaling H with exp(−6.5/∆) estimated in (b).
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
The line L3/4 is a guide to the eye. (b) The masses of the red clusters hMRC i with respect to the system size L. hMRC i does not depend on the system size as seen in the figure.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets