WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
sight /saɪt/USA pronunciationn.
Physiology[uncountable] the power or ability of seeing;
vision:suffering from a gradual loss of sight.
[countable] the act or fact of seeing; a view or glimpse:a gruesome sight.
[uncountable] one's range of vision:Don't let them out of your sight.
[countable] something seen or worth seeing; a spectacle:to see all the sights of London.
a + ~] a person or thing unusual, shocking, or distressing to see:He was quite a sight after the brawl.
Slang Terms[countable; singular;
a + ~][Chiefly Dialect.]a great deal:It's a sight better to work than to starve.
often: plural] a viewing device, as on a firearm, for aiding the eye in aiming:The assassin had the target lined up in his sights.
[~ + object] to glimpse, notice, or observe:to sight a ship to the north.
to direct or aim (a firearm or the like) by a sight or sights: [no object]to sight and fire with one quick movement.[~ + object]to sight the gun.
Idiomsat first sight, [uncountable] after only one brief glimpse:When they met it was love at first sight.
at sight, [uncountable]
- immediately upon seeing:to translate the document at sight.
by a long sight, [uncountable; usually with a negative word or phrase] to a great or extreme degree:You haven't finished this book by a long sight.
Idiomscatch sight of, [~ + object] to get a quick view:They caught sight of him racing away in the crowd.
know by sight, [know + object + by + ~] to know or recognize (a person or thing seen previously):I know him by sight, but I've never spoken to him.
lose sight of, [~ + object] to fail to keep in mind:Let's not lose sight of our main goal, even though we may disagree on how to get there.
Idiomson sight, [uncountable] immediately upon seeing:The police are ordered to shoot him on sight.
out of sight, [uncountable]
- on presentation:a check payable at sight.
- beyond one's range of vision:She drove away and slowly faded out of sight.
- [Informal.]too much; exceedingly high:The price is out of sight.
Idiomssight for sore eyes, [uncountable] someone or something whose appearance is a reason for gladness:The airplane bringing the food was a sight for sore eyes to the drought victims.
Idiomssight unseen, without previous examination:We bought it sight unseen.
- [Slang.](often used as an interjection) fantastic;
marvelous:The party was out of sight.
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sight /saɪt/ n
- the power or faculty of seeing; perception by the eyes; vision
Related adjective(s): visual
- the act or an instance of seeing
- the range of vision: within sight of land
- range of mental vision; point of view; judgment: in his sight she could do nothing wrong
- a glimpse or view (esp in the phrases catch sight of, lose sight of)
- anything that is seen
- (often plural) anything worth seeing; spectacle: the sights of London
- informal anything unpleasant or undesirable to see: his room was a sight!
- any of various devices or instruments used to assist the eye in making alignments or directional observations, esp such a device used in aiming a gun
- an observation or alignment made with such a device
- a sight ⇒ informal a great deal: she's a sight too good for him
- a sight for sore eyes ⇒ a person or thing that one is pleased or relieved to see
- at sight, on sight ⇒ as soon as seen
- on presentation: a bill payable at sight
- know by sight ⇒ to be familiar with the appearance of without having personal acquaintance
- not by a long sight ⇒ informal on no account; not at all
- set one's sights on ⇒ to have (a specified goal) in mind; aim for
- sight unseen ⇒ without having seen the object at issue: to buy a car sight unseen
Etymology: Old English sihth; related to Old High German siht; see see1ˈsightable adj
- (transitive) to see, view, or glimpse
- (transitive) to furnish with a sight or sights
- to adjust the sight of
- to aim (a firearm) using the sight
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