to see at a distance; catch sight of.
- un·es·pied, adjective
Other definitions for Espy (2 of 2)
James Pol·lard [pol-erd], /ˈpɒl ərd/, 1785–1860, U.S. meteorologist.
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How to use espy in a sentence
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It is proposed to form this ascending column of air by kindling large fires which, Mr. espy says, are known to produce rain.The Rain Cloud | Anonymous
He would espy the beauty of an old binding through any amount of abrasion and laceration.There and Back | George MacDonald
He had such remarkable eyesight that he could espy the ear of a squirrel projecting above the highest limb of a tall white oak.Tales of lonely trails | Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for espy
(tr) to catch sight of or perceive (something distant or previously unnoticed); detect: to espy a ship on the horizon
- espier, noun
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Scientific definitions for Espy
American meteorologist who is credited with the first correct explanation of the role heat plays in cloud formation and growth. His use of the telegraph in relaying meteorological observations and tracking storms laid the foundation for modern weather forecasting.
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