• osprey on branch overlooking pond
    osprey on branch overlooking pond
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v overlook leave undone or leave out "How could I miss that typo?","The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten"
    • v overlook watch over "I am overlooking her work"
    • v overlook look past, fail to notice
    • v overlook look down on "The villa dominates the town"
    • v overlook be oriented in a certain direction "The house looks out on a tennis court","The apartment overlooks the Hudson"
    • n overlook a high place affording a good view
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The official time ball for the U.S. is on top of the U.S. naval Observatory in Washington, DC As early as 1845, the U.S. Navy dropped a time ball every noon from atop a building on a hill overlooking Washington, DC. People from many miles could set their watches at noon. Ships anchored in the Potomac River could check their chronometers.
    • Overlook Hence: To supervise; to watch over; sometimes, to observe secretly; as, to overlook a gang of laborers; to overlook one who is writing a letter.
    • Overlook To inspect; to examine; to look over carefully or repeatedly. "Overlook this pedigree.""The time and care that are required
      To overlook and file and polish well."
    • Overlook To look down upon from a place that is over or above; to look over or view from a higher position; to be situated above, so as to command a view of; as, to overlook a valley from a hill; a hotel room that overlooks the marketplace. "The pile o'erlooked the town.""Titan] with burning eye did hotly overlook them."
    • Overlook To look over and beyond (anything) without seeing it; to miss or omit in looking; to fail to notice; to fail to observe; as, to overlook a mistake in addition; to overlook a missing bolt.
    • Overlook To look upon with an evil eye; to bewitch by looking upon; to fascinate. "If you trouble me I will overlook you, and then your pigs will die."
    • Overlook To refrain from bestowing notice or attention upon; to disregard or deliberately ignore; to pass over without censure or punishment; to excuse or pardon (a fault, error, or misdeed). "The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked .""They overlook truth in the judgments they pass.""The pardoning and overlooking of faults."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overlook To look over; view from a higher place; see from a higher position.
    • overlook To rise or be elevated above; rise so high as to afford the means of looking down on.
    • overlook To view fully; look over; peruse; read.
    • overlook To keep an eye on; inspect; superintend; oversee; care for or watch over.
    • overlook To look beyond or by so as to fail to see, or so as to disregard or neglect; pay no attention to; disregard; hence, to pass over indulgently; excuse; forbear to punish or censure.
    • overlook To bewitch by looking on; confound; unsettle.
    • n overlook A strong-growing leguminous twining plant of the tropics, Canavalia ensiformis. It is so named by the West Indian negroes, who plant it to mark boundaries, with the idea that it acts as a watchman.
    • overlook A coined word used in the textile and other similar trades to describe a stitch made by a sewing-machine which, on the cut edge of a single thickness of material, or in joining the edges of two pieces of material, makes covering stitches which conceal the otherwise projecting thread-ends, and at the same time locks the stitches so as to give strength to the artificial selvage or seam thus made; also applied to the machine which makes this artificial selvage or over-seam.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overlook ō-vėr-look′ to look over: to see from a higher position: to view carefully: to neglect by carelessness or inadvertence: to pass by without punishment: to pardon: to slight: to bewitch by looking upon with the Evil Eye
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  • Jean Paul Richter
    “Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing it, and conquering it.”
  • Doug Larson
    Doug Larson
    “A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your successes.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.”
  • Pope John XXIII
    Pope John XXIII
    “See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little.”
  • Bill Cosby
    “That married couples can live together day after day is a miracle the Vatican has overlooked.”
  • Mae West
    “It is better to be looked over than overlooked.”


In literature:

Pretty soon we arrived on the bluff overlooking Williamsport.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Camp was left unfinished; I climbed to a jutting shoulder that overlooked the canyon.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
His sense of melody was in a mood to overlook many a defect, and he presently thrust the fiddle under his chin and began to saw it.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
They'd not have overlooked a crack big enough for him to hide in.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
But the importance of courtship cannot be overlooked.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Would Miss Clo only overlook it this once, and begin to dress for the ball?
"A Noble Woman" by Ann S. Stephens
You must not overlook anything.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
The disease in the cow is ushered in by a slight fever, which, however, is usually overlooked, and the first sign is tenderness of the teats.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
But we must not overlook the passage Matt.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1" by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
De overseer am in charge of wo'k and de overlooker am in charge of de cullud women.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration

In poetry:

Wanting to know all
I overlooked each particle
Containing the whole
"Confessions" by Kathleen Raine
But where is the summer of mind,
And where the sun of the soul,
To brighten, to bless, to bind,
And overlook the whole?
"The Light of the Spirit" by John Bowring
Safety to man thy goodness brings,
Nor overlooks the beast;
Beneath the shadow of thy wings
Thy children choose to rest.
"Psalm XXXVI: High in the Heav'ns" by Isaac Watts
Still, I can forgive you that;
Though the thing look ne'er so silly;
I will overlook the hat
If you promise this, Myrtillie:
"An Ultimatum To Myrtilla" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Is learning what to overlook. And I am wise
If that is wisdom.
Yet somehow, as I buy All from these shelves
And the boy takes it to my station wagon,
What I've become
Troubles me even if I shut my eyes.
"Next Day" by Randall Jarrell
I'm the youngest of five, and the others live and thrive,
They are cared for, and considered and admired.
I am overlooked and snubbed, I am pushed upon and rubbed,
I am always sick and ailing, sore and tired.
"The Poor Little Toe" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Fig is the lobby-level bistro in the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, a glassed-in space overlooking the pool.
Harry Langdon, the overlooked silent film star .
Finesse fishing's most overlooked lure.
Around 100 guests attended, and the ceremony was held at sunset overlooking the mesas.
In the events swirling around the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt one key factor was largely overlooked by the international media.
(MONEY Magazine) – Wouldn't you rather have a hotel suite with a view of the sea for the price of a puny room overlooking the parking lot.
But Italy's contribution to the category should not be overlooked.
The new BRAC building overlooking I-395 in Alexandria.
Enlarge Star-Ledger Wire Services Governor Chris Christie overlooks South Lebanon from Benayah Outpost while being briefed on the security of the Golan Heights in Israel on Thursday, April 5, 2012.
With all eyes on Wisconsin this past week, overlooked has been the conservative policy changes that are moving ahead in New Hampshire.
These rooms, which overlook the Marble Court, were often the site of ceremonies and special meals.
Generosity is an often overlooked negotiation variable that can yield surprisingly positive outcomes.
It's a chance for the often overlooked French industry to have its moment in the sun.
An important part to order that is oftentimes overlooked, the '07-and-newer GM trucks require a headlight and grille shell mounting bracket that bolts to the core support.
Ben Lacy, a guitar virtuoso, is next in the lunchtime concert series, Live @ the Oates set for Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 pm at the Ward Oates Amphitheater behind the Kentucky Bar Association overlooking the river.

In science:

This sweeping judgement overlooks the value of qualitative information of the kind which can be obtained by the analytical approach.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
However, it should be noticed that in considering this system as an integrable two-oscillator system, we are completely overlooking the quaternionic structure of the system and of the whole class to which it belongs.
Hyperhamiltonian dynamics
There are several strands to the arguments I used that seem to have been overlooked by the authors.
Comments on Struyve and Baere's paper on experiments to distinguish Bohmian mechanics from quantum mechanics
Unfortunately, Lawvere’s paper has been overlooked by many people both inside and outside of the category theory community.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
It appears that this point was overlooked in the analysis of , leading to a mistaken conclusion that the operator A of that reference is not essentially self-adjoint in certain spherically symmetric spacetimes.
Dynamics in Stationary, Non-Globally Hyperbolic Spacetimes