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[lid-lis] /ˈlɪd lɪs/
(of objects) without a lid.
(of eyes) without or as if without lids.
watchful, as with unblinking eyes; vigilant.
Origin of lidless
First recorded in 1515-25; lid + -less Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The outlander's lidless eyes were filmed with a gray membrane.

    The Great Dome on Mercury Arthur Leo Zagat
  • He indicated the wooden box, which lay, lidless, on the floor.

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • A lizard was sunning itself and staring at him with lidless eyes.

  • In French morocco and lidless French morocco case, with spring lock, £1 1s.

  • These reptiles' lidless eyes have a very short range of vision.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • He held the end of the stick about eighteen inches from the glaring, lidless eyes.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Fearfuller yet, the eye-sockets were not empty; in each was a lidless living eye!

    Lilith George MacDonald
  • In front of his face, before a pair of lidless eyes that glowed like fire, a hellish, cruel beak struck at him.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • After that he flung everything in a lidless wooden case out upon the floor and pounced upon a little box that fell among the rest.

  • Netsuke-carvers depict him in a full, bag-like like garment, with a scowling face and lidless eyes.

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
British Dictionary definitions for lidless


having no lid or top
(of animals) having no eyelids
(archaic) vigilant and watchful
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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