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[neer-sahy-tid, -sahy-] /ˈnɪərˌsaɪ tɪd, -ˈsaɪ-/
seeing distinctly at a short distance only; myopic.
Origin of nearsighted
First recorded in 1680-90; near + sight + -ed3
Related forms
nearsightedly, adverb
nearsightedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Sarah Farraday peered closely at her through her nearsighted eyes.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Then they found out that I was too nearsighted to steer by the compass, and that was the end of it.

    The Soul of a Child Edwin Bjorkman
  • The eyeball of a nearsighted person is very wide, and the retina is too far away from the crystalline lens.

    General Science Bertha M. Clark
  • She had her arms outstretched and such an eager look in her nearsighted eyes that Frieda flew straight to her.

    The Ranch Girls at Rainbow Lodge Margaret Vandercook
  • They were all in the brightness of the street light now, and Sarah brought her nearsighted gaze close to Jane's glowing face.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Nor was Aleck Douglas nearsighted; he saw the movement and his bearded underlip met his shaven underlip in a straight line.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • nearsighted persons are apt to stoop, owing to the habitual necessity for coming close to the object looked at.

  • And there was the little, thin, grey father in the corner, peering at his newspaper with nearsighted eyes.

  • Miss Anstice peered here and there in her nearsighted fashion.

  • Dave Hanson was so nearsighted that he couldn't have seen the men, much less the clothing, without corrective lenses.

    The Sky Is Falling Lester del Rey
nearsighted in Medicine

nearsighted near·sight·ed (nēr'sī'tĭd)
Unable to see distant objects clearly; myopic.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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