- The definition of an eye is the organ that gives sight in humans and animals, or the iris.
An example of an eye is the pair of visible organs that humans use to see.
- To eye is defined as to look at or observe.
An example of to eye is to check out a jacket in a department store window, you eye the jacket.
The human eye.
- the organ of sight in humans and animals
- the eyeball
- the iris: brown eyes
- the area around the eye, including the eyelids: to get a black eye
- the power of seeing; sight; vision: weak eyes
- a look; glance; gaze: to cast an eye on something
- attention; regard; observation
- the power of judging, estimating, discriminating, etc. by eyesight: a good eye for distances
- judgment; opinion; estimation: in the eyes of the law
- a thing like an eye in appearance or function; specif.,
- a bud of a tuber, as a potato
- the spot on a peacock's tail feather
- the center of a flower; disk
- a hole in a tool, as for a handle
- the threading hole in a needle
- a loop of metal, rope, or thread: hook and eye
- an organ sensitive to light, as in certain lower forms of life
- photoelectric cell
- a section of any of certain cuts of meat: eye of round
- a hole, as in certain cheeses
- Slang a private detective; private eye
- Meteorol. the calm, low-pressure area at the center of a hurricane, around which winds of high velocity move
- Naut. the part of the main deck of a vessel that is farthest forward
Origin of eyeMiddle English ey, eie ; from Old English ēage, akin to German auge ; from Indo-European base an unverified form okw-, to see from source Classical Greek osse, eyes, ōps, face, eye, Classical Latin oculus
transitive verbeyed, eyeing or eying
- to look at; watch carefully; observe
- to provide with eyes, or holes
an eye for an eye
catch someone's eye
eyes right (or left)
feast one's eyes on
give someone the eye☆
have an eye for
have an eye to
have eyes for
in a pig's eye
in the eye of the wind
in the public eye
- much seen in public
- often brought to public attention; well-known
keep an eye on
keep an eye out for☆
keep one's eyes open (or peeled or skinned)
lay (or set or clap) eyes on
make eyes at
open someone's eyes
run one's eye over
see eye to eye
see with half an eye
shut one's eyes to
with an eye to
- An organ of vision or of light sensitivity.
- a. Either of a pair of hollow structures located in bony sockets of the skull, functioning together or independently, each having a lens capable of focusing incident light on an internal photosensitive retina from which nerve impulses are sent to the brain; the vertebrate organ of vision.b. The external, visible portion of this organ together with its associated structures, especially the eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows.c. The pigmented iris of this organ.
- The faculty of seeing; vision.
- The ability to make intellectual or aesthetic judgments: has a good eye for understated fashion.
- a. A way of regarding something; a point of view: To my eye, the decorations are excellent.b. Attention: The lavish window display immediately got my eye.c. Watchful attention or supervision: always under his boss's eye; kept an eye on her valuables.
- Something suggestive of the vertebrate organ of vision, especially:a. An opening in a needle.b. The aperture of a camera.c. A loop, as of metal, rope, or thread.d. A circular marking on a peacock's feather.e. Chiefly Southern US The round flat cover over the hole on the top of a wood-burning stove. Also called regionally cap1, griddle.
- A photosensitive device, such as a photoelectric cell.
- Botany a. A bud on a twig or tuber: the eye of a potato.b. The often differently colored center of the corolla of some flowers.
- a. Meteorology The circular area of relative calm at the center of a cyclone.b. The center or focal point of attention or action: right in the eye of the controversy.
- Informal A detective, especially a private investigator.
- A choice center cut of meat, as of beef: eye of the round.
transitive verbeyed eyed, eye·ing or ey·ing , eyes
- To look at: eyed the passing crowd with indifference.
- To watch closely: eyed the shark's movements.
- To supply with an eye.
Origin of eyeMiddle English, from Old English ēge, ēage; see okw- in Indo-European roots.
top: cross section of a human eye
A. vitreous humor
B. optic nerve
C. fovea centralis
H. aqueous humor
bottom: the eye of hurricane Catarina, off the coast of Brazil in 2004, as seen from the International Space Station
(plural eyes or eyen) (eyen is obsolete)
- An organ through which animals see.
- Bright lights really hurt my eyes.
- The visual sense.
- The car was quite pleasing to the eye, but impractical.
- Attention, notice.
- That dress caught her eye.
- The ability to notice what others might miss.
- He has an eye for talent.
- A meaningful stare or look.
- She was giving him the eye at the bar. When the car cut her off, she gave him the eye.
- A private eye: a privately hired detective or investigator.
- A hole at the blunt end of a needle through which thread is passed.
- A fitting consisting of a loop of metal or other material, suitable for receiving a hook or the passage of a cord or line.
- The relatively clear and calm center of a hurricane or other such storm.
- A mark on an animal, such as a peacock or butterfly, resembling a human eye.
- The dark spot on a black-eyed pea.
- A reproductive bud in a potato.
- (informal) The dark brown center of a black-eyed Susan flower.
- A loop forming part of anything, or a hole through anything, to receive a rope, hook, pin, shaft, etc. — e.g. at the end of a tie bar in a bridge truss; through a crank; at the end of a rope; or through a millstone.
- That which resembles the eye in relative importance or beauty.
- Tinge; shade of colour.
(third-person singular simple present eyes, present participle eyeing or eying, simple past and past participle eyed)
- To observe carefully.
- After eyeing the document for an hour she decided not to sign it.
- They went out and eyed the new car one last time before deciding.
- To view something narrowly, as a document or a phrase in a document.
- To look at someone or something as if with the intent to do something with that person or thing.
From Middle English, from Old English ēaġe (“eye”), from Proto-Germanic *augô (“eye”) (compare Scots ee, West Frisian each, Dutch oog, German Auge, Swedish öga), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃okʷ-, *h₃ekʷ- (“eye; to see”) (compare Latin oculus, Lithuanian akìs, Old Church Slavonic око (oko), Albanian sy, Ancient Greek ὤψ (ōps, “eye, face”), Armenian ակն (akn), Avestan [script?] (aši, “eyes”), Sanskrit अक्षि (ákṣi), Tocharian A ak). Related to ogle.
- A brood.
- an eye of pheasants
Probably from a nye changing to an eye.
- (UK, colloquial) the comedic magazine Private Eye.
- (UK) The London Eye, a tourist attraction in London.