- Sight is the ability to see, the act of seeing or something seen.
- An example of sight is being able to see well in the darkness.
- An example of a sight is a view of the Grand Canyon.
- Sight is defined as to see, notice or observe.
An example of to sight is to see land after sailing for a week.
The Grand Canyon is a beautiful sight.
- something seen; view
- a remarkable or spectacular view; spectacle
- a thing worth seeing: usually used in pl.: the sights of the city
- the act of seeing; perception by the eyes
- a view; look; glimpse
- any of various devices used to aid the eyes in lining up a gun, optical instrument, etc. on its objective
- aim or an observation taken with mechanical aid, as on a sextant or gun
- the faculty or power of seeing; vision; eyesight
- mental vision or perception
- range or field of vision
- mental view; opinion; judgment: a hero in our sight
- Informal any person or thing of a strikingly unpleasant or unusual appearance
- Dialectal a large amount; great deal: a sight better than fighting
- Obsolete insight
Origin of sightMiddle English siht ; from Old English (ge)siht ; from base of seon, to see
- to observe or examine by taking a sight
- to catch sight of; see
- ☆ to bring into the sights of a rifle, etc.; aim at
- to furnish with sights or a sighting device
- to adjust the sights of
- to aim (a gun, etc.) using the sights
- to take aim or an observation with a sight
- to look carefully in a specified direction: sight along the line
- read, done, understood, etc. quickly and easily as soon as seen
- ☆ due or payable when presented: a sight draft
a sight for sore eyes
at first sight
at sightor on sight
- when or as soon as seen
- Commerce upon demand or presentation
catch sight of
- to make out by means of the eyes; discern; see
- to see briefly; glimpse
lose sight of
- to fail to keep in sight; see no longer
- to fail to keep in mind; forget
not by a long sight
- not nearly
- not at all
out of sight
- not in sight
- far off; remote
- Informal beyond reach; unattainable; extremely high, as in standards, price, etc.
- Slang excellent; wonderful
out of sight of
- not in sight
- not close or near to; remote from
- a. The ability to see.b. Field of vision: out of my sight.
- a. The act or fact of seeing: hoping for a sight of land; caught sight of a rare bird.b. Something seen: That bird is a rare sight around here.c. Something worth seeing; a spectacle: the sights of London.d. Informal Something unsightly or ridiculous: looked a sight after crossing the swamp.
- The foreseeable future; prospect: no solution in sight.
- Mental perception or consideration: We lost sight of the purpose of our visit.
- a. often sights A device used to assist aim by guiding the eye, as on a firearm or surveying instrument.b. An aim or observation taken with such a device.
verbsight·ed, sight·ing, sights
- To perceive with the eyes; get sight of: sighted land after 40 days at sea.
- To observe through a sight or an optical instrument: sight a target.
- To adjust the sights of (a rifle, for example).
- To take aim with (a firearm).
- To direct one's gaze; look carefully.
- To take aim: sighted along the barrel of the gun.
Origin of sightMiddle English, from Old English sihth, gesiht, something seen; see sekw-2 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural sights)
- (in the singular) The ability to see.
- The act of seeing; perception of objects by the eye; view.
- to gain sight of land
- Something seen.
- 2005, Lesley Brown (translat), Plato (auth), Sophist, 236d:
- He's a really remarkable man and it's very hard to get him in one's sights; […]
- Something worth seeing; a spectacle.
- You really look a sight 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 sight of a quadrant
- (now colloquial) a great deal, a lot; frequently used to intensify a comparative.
- a sight of money
- This is a darn sight 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.
- Mental view; opinion; judgment.
- In their sight it was harmless.
(third-person singular simple present sights, present participle sighting, simple past and past participle sighted)
- To register visually.
- To get sight of (something).
- to sight land from a ship
- To apply sights to; to adjust the sights of; also, to give the proper elevation and direction to by means of a sight.
- to sight a rifle or a cannon
- To take aim at.
Old English sihþ (“something seen”).