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.