Gaze



to look steadily and intently, as with great curiosity, interest, pleasure, or wonder.
a steady or intent look.
at gaze, Heraldry. (of a deer or deerlike animal) represented as seen from the side with the head looking toward the spectator:
a stag at gaze.
Contemporary Examples

She looks out of the frame, her gaze sometimes seeming to meet that of the viewer, other times looking off into the distance.
The Twisted Mind of Marcel Dzama Sasha Watson March 10, 2010

Nor will it ever feel natural to gaze upon Hogwarts, flanked by its iconic boars—and the palm trees that surround it—from afar.
My Sneak Peek at Harry Potter World Melissa Anelli June 13, 2010

Rather than use metaphors that point toward nightmare, we would do better to turn our gaze to nightmarish reality itself.
The Army Life, Mundane and Hideously Violent, by Turns Brian Van Reet August 28, 2013

My gaze followed the blue light, watching it grow dimmer with distance.
‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’ Eileen Cronin April 7, 2014

A lot of work has been done on babies fixating their gaze on things that interest them.
Rediscovering Richard Dawkins: An Interview J.P. O’Malley September 22, 2013

Historical Examples

Happiness, peace, radiated in her gaze, the gestures of her hands.
The Three Black Pennys Joseph Hergesheimer

If they tremble down the fine-skinned cheek, let us avert our gaze.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

Who is there that with unwinking eyes may gaze into the effulgent brilliancy of the perfect angelhood?
Shapes that Haunt the Dusk Various

To gaze at me the field-workers suspend the magnificent lethargy of their labors.
Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service

Whatever the mental comment attached to the gaze, the eyes that meet mine are quite as often astounded as amused.
The Joys of Being a Woman Winifred Kirkland

verb
(intransitive) to look long and fixedly, esp in wonder or admiration
noun
a fixed look; stare
v.

late 14c., probably of Scandinavian origin (cf. Norwegian, Swedish dialectal gasa “to gape”), perhaps related somehow to Old Norse ga “heed” (see gawk). Related: Gazed; gazing.
n.

1540s, “thing stared at;” 1560s as “long look,” from gaze (v.).

gaze (gāz)
n.
The act of looking steadily in one direction for a period of time.
gaze v.

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