eye

[ ahy ]
/ aɪ /

noun, plural eyes, (Archaic) ey·en or eyne.

verb (used with object), eyed, ey·ing or eye·ing.

verb (used without object), eyed, ey·ing or eye·ing.

Obsolete. to appear to the eye.

Idioms

Origin of eye

before 900; Middle English eie, ie, Old English ēge, variant of ēage; cognate with German Auge; akin to Latin oculus, Greek ṓps, Sanskrit akṣi

Related forms

Can be confused

aye eye I
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British Dictionary definitions for eye (1 of 2)

eye

1
/ () /

noun

verb eyes, eyeing, eying or eyed (tr)

to look at carefully or warily
Also: eye up to look at in a manner indicating sexual interest; ogle
See also eyes

Derived Forms

eyeless, adjectiveeyelike, adjective

Word Origin for eye

Old English ēage; related to Old Norse auga, Old High German ouga, Sanskrit aksi

British Dictionary definitions for eye (2 of 2)

eye

2
/ () /

noun

another word for nye
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Medicine definitions for eye

eye

[ ī ]

n.

An organ of vision or of light sensitivity.
Either of a pair of hollow structures located in bony sockets of the skull, functioning together or independently, each having a lens capable of focusing incident light on an internal photosensitive retina from which nerve impulses are sent to the brain; the organ of vision.
The external, visible portion of this organ together with its associated structures, especially the eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows.
The pigmented iris of this organ.
The faculty of seeing; vision.
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Science definitions for eye

eye

[ ī ]

Anatomy The vertebrate organ of sight, composed of a pair of fluid-filled spherical structures that occupy the orbits of the skull. Incoming light is refracted by the cornea of the eye and transmitted through the pupil to the lens, which focuses the image onto the retina.
Zoology An organ in invertebrates that is sensitive to light. See more at compound eye eyespot.
Botany A bud on a tuber, such as a potato.
Meteorology The relatively calm area at the center of a hurricane or similar storm. See more at hurricane.
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Culture definitions for eye

eye


The organ of sight. Some of its parts are the cornea, iris, lens, optic nerve, pupil, and retina.

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Idioms and Phrases with eye

eye


In addition to the idioms beginning with eye

  • eye for an eye, an
  • eye opener, an
  • eyes are bigger than one's stomach, one's
  • eyes in the back of one's head, have
  • eyes open, with
  • eye to eye
  • eye to the main chance, have an
  • eye to, with an

also see:

  • all eyes
  • apple of one's eye
  • believe one's ears (eyes)
  • bird's-eye view
  • black eye
  • bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
  • catch someone's eye
  • close one's eyes
  • cry one's eyes out
  • eagle eye
  • easy on the eyes
  • evil eye
  • feast one's eyes on
  • give someone the once-over (eye)
  • green-eyed monster
  • have an eye for
  • have one's eye on
  • hit between the eyes
  • hit the bull's-eye
  • in a pig's eye
  • in one's mind's eye
  • in the eye of the wind
  • in the public eye
  • in the twinkling of an eye
  • keep an eye on
  • keep an eye out
  • keep a weather eye
  • keep one's eye on the ball
  • keep one's eyes open
  • lay eyes on
  • look someone in the face (eye)
  • make eyes at
  • more than meets the eye
  • my eye
  • naked eye
  • one eye on
  • open one's eyes
  • out of the corner of one's eye

private eyepull the wool over someone's eyesrun one's eyes oversee eye to eyesee with half an eyesight for sore eyesstars in one's eyesthrow dust in someone's eyesturn a blind eyeup to one's ears (eyes)with an eye towith one's eyes openwithout batting an eye.

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