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[ahy-lid] /ˈaɪˌlɪd/
the movable lid of skin that serves to cover and uncover the eyeball.
Origin of eyelid
Middle English word dating back to 1200-50; See origin at eye, lid Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for eyelid
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  • A drop of blood appeared on the girl's left temple, near her eyelid.

  • The illusion had occurred in just the proper place for an eyelid.

  • He dropped it back into the holster and in a wink of an eyelid it was back in his hand.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • Am I a woman, to forget long years before an eyelid has had the time to beat twice?

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • I'll swear four revolvers jumped to sight while one could bat an eyelid.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for eyelid


either of the two muscular folds of skin that can be moved to cover the exposed portion of the eyeball related adjective palpebral
(aeronautics) Also called clamshell. a set of movable parts at the rear of a jet engine that redirect the exhaust flow to assist braking during landing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for eyelid

mid-13c., from eye (n.) + lid (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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eyelid in Medicine

eyelid eye·lid or eye-lid (ī'lĭd')
Either of two folds of skin and muscle that can be closed over the exposed portion of the eyeball. Also called palpebra.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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