the power or faculty of seeing; perception of objects by use of the eyes; vision.
an act, fact, or instance of seeing.
one’s range of vision on some specific occasion:
Land is in sight.
a view; glimpse.
mental perception or regard; judgment.
something seen or worth seeing; spectacle:
the sights of London.
Informal. something unusual, surprising, shocking, or distressing:
They were a sight after the fight.
presentation of a bill of exchange:
a draft payable at two months after sight.
a showing of goods, especially gems, held periodically for wholesalers.
Older Use. a multitude; great deal:
It’s a sight better to work than to starve.
an observation taken with a surveying, navigating, or other instrument to ascertain an exact position or direction.
any of various mechanical or optical viewing devices, as on a firearm or surveying instrument, for aiding the eye in aiming.
Obsolete. skill; insight.
verb (used with object)
to see, glimpse, notice, or observe:
to sight a ship to the north.
to take a sight or observation of (a stake, coastline, etc.), especially with surveying or navigating instruments.
to direct or aim by a sight or sights, as a firearm.
to provide with sights or adjust the sights of, as a gun.
verb (used without object)
to aim or observe through a sight.
to look carefully in a certain direction.
at first sight, at the first glimpse; at once:
It was love at first sight.
immediately upon seeing, especially without referring elsewhere for assurance, further information, etc.:
to translate something at sight.
Commerce. on presentation:
a draft payable at sight.
catch sight of, to get a glimpse of; espy:
We caught sight of the lake below.
know by sight, to recognize (a person or thing) seen previously:
I know him by sight, but I know nothing about him.
not by a long sight, Informal. definitely not:
Is that all? Not by a long sight.
on / upon sight, immediately upon seeing:
to shoot him on sight; to recognize someone on sight.
out of sight,
beyond one’s range of vision.
Informal. beyond reason; exceedingly high:
The price is out of sight.
Slang. (often used as an interjection) fantastic; marvelous: a ceremony so glamorous it was out of sight.
Oh wow! Out of sight!
sight for sore eyes, someone or something whose appearance on the scene is cause for relief or gladness.
sight unseen, without previous examination:
to buy something sight unseen.
an occasion on which something is seen
Another name for sight (sense 10)
the power or faculty of seeing; perception by the eyes; vision related adjectives optical visual
the act or an instance of seeing
the range of vision: within sight of land
range of mental vision; point of view; judgment: in his sight she could do nothing wrong
a glimpse or view (esp in the phrases catch sight of, lose sight of)
anything that is seen
(often pl) anything worth seeing; spectacle: the sights of London
(informal) anything unpleasant or undesirable to see: his room was a sight!
any of various devices or instruments used to assist the eye in making alignments or directional observations, esp such a device used in aiming a gun
an observation or alignment made with such a device
an opportunity for observation
(obsolete) insight or skill
(informal) a sight, a great deal: she’s a sight too good for him
a sight for sore eyes, a person or thing that one is pleased or relieved to see
at sight, on sight
as soon as seen
on presentation: a bill payable at sight
know by sight, to be familiar with the appearance of without having personal acquaintance: I know Mr Brown by sight but we have never spoken
(informal) not by a long sight, on no account; not at all
out of sight
(slang) not visible
extreme or very unusual
(as interj.): that’s marvellous!
set one’s sights on, to have (a specified goal) in mind; aim for
sight unseen, without having seen the object at issue: to buy a car sight unseen
(transitive) to see, view, or glimpse
to furnish with a sight or sights
to adjust the sight of
to aim (a firearm) using the sight
The ability to see.
Field of vision.
adjective 1. unable to see; blind. 2. invisible. adjective 1. blind 2. invisible
noun 1. any of the lines of sight between the spectators and the stage or playing area in a theater, stadium, etc.: Some of the sightlines are blocked by columns. noun 1. an uninterrupted line of vision, as in a theatre, etc, or from a vehicle joining a road
adjective, sightlier, sightliest. 1. pleasing to the sight; attractive; comely. 2. affording a fine view. adjective -lier, -liest 1. pleasing or attractive to see 2. (US) providing a pleasant view
verb (used with or without object), sight-read [sahyt-red] /ˈsaɪt rɛd/ (Show IPA), sight-reading [sahyt-ree-ding] /ˈsaɪtˌri dɪŋ/ (Show IPA) 1. to read, play, or sing without previous practice, rehearsal, or study of the material to be treated: to sight-read music; to sight-read another language. verb -reads, -reading, -read (-ˌrɛd) 1. to sing or play (music in […]