An example of an eye is the pair of visible organs that humans use to see.
Has a good eye for understated fashion.
An example of to eye is to check out a jacket in a department store window, you eye the jacket.
- An opening in a needle.
- The aperture of a camera.
- A loop, as of metal, rope, or thread.
- A circular marking on a peacock's feather.
- (chiefly southern us) The round flat cover over the hole on the top of a wood-burning stove.
Eye of the round.
Eyed the passing crowd with indifference.
Eyed the shark's movements.
To get a black eye.
To cast an eye on something.
A good eye for distances.
In the eyes of the law.
- 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.
- A section of any of certain cuts of meat.eye of round.
- A hole, as in certain cheeses.
The car was quite pleasing to the eye, but impractical.
That dress caught her eye.
He has an eye for talent.
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.
- Fully attentive.
- Punishment in which an offender suffers what the victim has suffered.
- To look at.
- In agreement:We're eye to eye on all the vital issues.
- To be interested in.
- To look at, especially attentively or continuously.
- To have as one's objective.
- In a direction opposite that of the wind; close to the wind.
- Frequently seen in public or in the media.
- Widely publicized; well-known.
- In no way; not at all. Used interjectionally.
- With a view to:Redecorated the room with an eye to its future use as a nursery.
- Unaware of the risks involved.
- Aware of the risks involved.
- extremely attentive
- punishment or retaliation similar or equivalent to the injury suffered
- to attract someone's attention
- a command to snap the head to the right (or left) while marching, as a salute when passing in review
- to look at someone, esp. in an admiring or inviting way
- to have a keen appreciation of
- to watch out for; attend to
- to be very interested in and want
- never; under no circumstances
- directly against the wind
- much seen in public
- often brought to public attention; well-known
- to look after; watch carefully
- to be watchful for
- to be on the lookout; be watchful
- to see; look at
- to look directly and assertively into the eyes of anotherOut of shame he couldn't look me in the eye.
- to look at amorously or flirtatiously
- an exclamation of contradiction, skepticism, etc.
- to make someone aware of the facts, real reasons, etc.
- to glance at hurriedly
- to agree completely
- to see or understand (something) easily because it is so evident
- to refuse to see or think about
- to ignore or pretend not to notice (something)
- paying attention to; considering
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of eye
- Middle English from Old English ēge, ēage okw- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.
- Probably from a nye changing to an eye.