Any of the rapid, involuntary jumps made by the eyes from one fixed point to another, as in reading.
Webster's New World
(rare) A sudden jerking movement.
(of the eye) To make a rapid jerking movement to focus elsewhere.
Other Word Forms of Saccade
Origin of Saccade
French 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) sac1
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From French saccade.
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