An example of a saccade is the movement of the eyes as you scan a room for something.
Origin of saccadeFr, a jerk from obsolete saquer, to shake, pull, dialect, dialectal variant, variety of Old French sachier from Vulgar Latin an unverified form saccare, to pull from a sack from Classical Latin saccus, sack
Origin of saccadeFrench jerk, jolt from Middle French from Old French dialectal saquer to jerk, pull variant of Old French sachier to pull forcefully, turn over, shake up from sac sack (perhaps in reference to the shaking of bags of wheat to settle their contents) ; see sac 1.
(third-person singular simple present saccades, present participle saccading, simple past and past participle saccaded)
- (of the eye) To make a rapid jerking movement to focus elsewhere.
From French saccade.