verb (used with object), de·scried, de·scry·ing.
Origin of descry
Examples from the Web for descry
Search it as they pleased, not even the practisect eye of Captain Davis could descry the smallest interruption.The Ebb-Tide|Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyde Osbourne
From this part of the coast we could descry the islands off Cape Liant on the opposite side of the gulf.
Nowhere could I descry even a small collection of books of the sort which may furnish material for conversation.A Court of Inquiry|Grace S. Richmond
Round them the wanderer will descry a miserable field or two, planted with a stunted crop of rye, millet, or maize.Claret and Olives, from the Garonne to the Rhone|Angus B. Reach
On clear moonlight evenings she could descry a little strip of the fiord between two high houses.Tales of Two Countries|Alexander Kielland
British Dictionary definitions for descry
verb -scries, -scrying or -scried (tr)
Word Origin for descry
Word Origin and History for descry (1 of 2)
"to see, discern," c.1300, probably from Old French descrier "publish" (Modern French décrier), from Latin describere (see describe).