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Origin and Meaning of Sight
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
- The act of seeing; perception of objects by the eye; view; as, to gain sight of land."A cloud received him out of their sight." [Acts. i. 9.]
- The power of seeing; the faculty of vision, or of perceiving objects by the instrumentality of the eyes."Thy sight is young,
And thou shalt read when mine begin to dazzle." [Shak.]"O loss of sight, of thee I most complain!" [Milton.]
- The state of admitting unobstructed vision; visibility; open view; region which the eye at one time surveys; space through which the power of vision extends; as, an object within sight
- A spectacle; a view; a show; something worth seeing."Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt." [Ex. iii. 3.]"They never saw a sight so fair." [Spenser.]
- The instrument of seeing; the eye."Why cloud they not their sights?" [Shak.]
- Inspection; examination; as, a letter intended for the sight of only one person.
- Mental view; opinion; judgment; as, in their sight it was harmless."That which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." [Luke xvi. 15.]
- A small aperture or optical device through which objects are to be seen, and by which their direction is settled or ascertained; -- used on surveying instruments; as, the sight of a quadrant."Thier eyes of fire sparking through sights of steel." [Shak.]
- An optical device or small piece of metal, fixed or movable, on the breech, muzzle, center, or trunnion of a gun, or on the breech and the muzzle of a rifle, pistol, etc., by means of which the eye is guided in aiming. A telescope mounted on a weapon, such as a rifle, and used for accurate aiming at distant targets is called a telescopic sight.
- In a drawing, picture, etc., that part of the surface, as of paper or canvas, which is within the frame or the border or margin. In a frame or the like, the open space, the opening.
- A great number, quantity, or sum; as, a sight of money.(Now colloquial)"A wonder sight of flowers." [Gower.]
synonyms: Vision; view; show; spectacle; representation; exhibition.
Note: ☞ Sight in this last sense was formerly employed in the best usage. “A sight of lawyers.”
Etymology: OE. sight
siht, AS. siht, gesiht, gesihð, gesiehð, gesyhð; akin to D. gezicht, G. sicht, gesicht, Dan. sigte, Sw. sigt, from the root of E. see. See See
- To get sight of; to see; as, to sight land; to sight a wreck.
- To look at through a sight; to see accurately; as, to sight an object, as a star.
- To apply sights to; to adjust the sights of; also, to give the proper elevation and direction to by means of a sight; as, to sight a rifle or a cannon.
To take aim by a sight.
- The act of looking or seeing or observing
- The range of vision ("out of sight of land")
- The ability to see; the visual faculty
- An instance of visual perception ("the sight of his wife brought him back to reality" and "the train was an unexpected sight")
- A range of mental vision ("in his sight she could do no wrong")
- Anything that is seen ("he was a familiar sight on the television" and "they went to Paris to see the sights")
- (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
- Catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes ("he caught sight of the king's men coming over the ridge")
- Take aim by looking through the sights of a gun (or other device)
From Middle English siȝht, siȝt, siht, from Old English siht, sihþ (“something seen; vision”), from Proto-Germanic *sihtiz, equivalent to see + -th. Cognate with Scots Scots sicht, Saterland Frisian Sicht, West Frisian sicht, Dutch zicht, German Low German Sicht, German Sicht, Danish sigte, Swedish sikte.
- (in the singular) The ability to see.
- The act of seeing; perception of objects by the eye; view.
- to gain of land
- Something seen.
- Something worth seeing; a spectacle.
- You really look a in that silly costume!
- A device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target.
- A small aperture through which objects are to be seen, and by which their direction is settled or ascertained.
- the of a quadrant
- (now colloquial) a great deal, a lot; frequently used to intensify a comparative.
- a of money
- This is a darn better than what I'm used to at home!
- In a drawing, picture, etc., that part of the surface, as of paper or canvas, which is within the frame or the border or margin. In a frame, the open space, the opening.
- (obsolete) The instrument of seeing; the eye.
- Mental view; opinion; judgment.
- In their it was harmless.
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Fun Facts about the name Sight
- When was the first name Sight first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Sight is Wednesday, March 3rd, 1915.
- How unique is the name Sight? From 1880 to 2016 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Sight. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
- Weird things about the name Sight: Your name in reverse order is Thgis. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sghti. How do you pronounce that?
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Past life for Sight born Sep 19, 1990
I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA South-West approximately on 800. Your profession was map maker, astrologer, and astronomer.
Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main task - to make the world more beautiful. Physical and spiritual deserts are just waiting for your touch. Keep smiling!
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U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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