- the movable lid of skin that serves to cover and uncover the eyeball.
Origin of eyelid
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Examples from the Web for eyelid
Close enough to see the tiny scar on his eyelid that looks like a birthmark.The Stacks: The True Greatness of Muhammad Ali
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The $16 plastic frame appears to push up into the eyelid cover to separate it from the lid.DIY Plastic Surgery: Can You Change Your Face Without Going Under the Knife?
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We could find Waldo anywhere while tripping—like beneath a fingernail or inside our eyelid.Hey, Pot Smokers, Your Kids Know You’re Stoned
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In a country where corruption is so endemic it is said to be part of the constitution, I never once batted an eyelid.Top Afghan General: Taliban Defeat Would Take Less Than a Year
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Eyelid lifts, which brighten the face and require little downtime, are his most popular surgeries.Who Did Nancy Pelosi's New Face?
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A drop of blood appeared on the girl's left temple, near her eyelid.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The illusion had occurred in just the proper place for an eyelid.The Planetoid of Peril
He dropped it back into the holster and in a wink of an eyelid it was back in his hand.The Coyote
Am I a woman, to forget long years before an eyelid has had the time to beat twice?Tales of Unrest
I'll swear four revolvers jumped to sight while one could bat an eyelid.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
- either of the two muscular folds of skin that can be moved to cover the exposed portion of the eyeballRelated adjective: palpebral
- Also called: clamshell aeronautics a set of movable parts at the rear of a jet engine that redirect the exhaust flow to assist braking during landing
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Word Origin and History for eyelid
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Either of two folds of skin and muscle that can be closed over the exposed portion of the eyeball.palpebra
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