verb (used with object), espied, espying.
to see at a distance; catch sight of.
verb -pies, -pying, -pied
(transitive) to catch sight of or perceive (something distant or previously unnoticed); detect: to espy a ship on the horizon
early 13c., aspy, from Old French espier (12c., Modern French épier), from Vulgar Latin *spiare, from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German spehon “to spy;” see spy). Related: Espied. For initial e-, see especial.
American meteorologist who is credited with the first correct explanation of the role heat plays in cloud formation and growth. His use of the telegraph in relaying meteorological observations and tracking storms laid the foundation for modern weather forecasting.
[es-pee-uh-nahzh, -nij, es-pee-uh-nahzh] /ˈɛs pi əˌnɑʒ, -nɪdʒ, ˌɛs pi əˈnɑʒ/ noun 1. the act or practice of spying. 2. the use of spies by a government to discover the military and political secrets of other nations. 3. the use of spies by a corporation or the like to acquire the plans, technical knowledge, etc., of […]
- Espirito santo
[es-pee-ree-too sahn-too] /ɛsˈpi ri tʊ ˈsɑ̃ tʊ/ noun 1. a state in E Brazil. 15,196 sq. mi. (39,360 sq. km). Capital: Vitória. /Portuguese ɪʃˈpiritu ˈsəntu/ noun 1. a state of E Brazil, on the Atlantic: swampy coastal plain with mountains in the west; heavily forested. Capital: Vitória. Pop: 3 201 722 (2002). Area: 45 597 […]
- Espiritu santo
[Spanish e spee-ree-too sahn-taw] /Spanish ɛ ˈspi ri tu ˈsɑn tɔ/ noun 1. a volcanic island in the Vanuatu island chain, in the South Pacific. 1485 sq. mi. (3846 sq. km). /ɛsˈpɪrɪtuː ˈsæntəʊ/ noun 1. an island in the SW Pacific: the largest and westernmost of the Vanuatu islands. Area: 4856 sq km (1875 sq […]
[es-pluh-nahd, -neyd, es-pluh-nahd, -neyd] /ˈɛs pləˌnɑd, -ˌneɪd, ˌɛs pləˈnɑd, -ˈneɪd/ noun 1. any open, level space, especially one serving for public walks or drives. /ˌɛspləˈneɪd; -ˈnɑːd/ noun 1. a long open level stretch of ground for walking along, esp beside the seashore Compare promenade (sense 1) 2. an open area in front of a fortified […]