the organ of sight, in vertebrates typically one of a pair of spherical bodies contained in an orbit of the skull and in humans appearing externally as a dense, white, curved membrane, or sclera, surrounding a circular, colored portion, or iris, that is covered by a clear, curved membrane, or cornea, and in the center of which is an opening, or pupil, through which light passes to the retina.
the aggregate of structures situated within or near the orbit that assist, support, or protect the eye.
this organ with respect to the color of the iris: blue eyes.
the region surrounding the eye: a black eye; puffy eyes.
sight; vision: a sharp eye.
the power of seeing; appreciative or discriminating visual perception: the eye of an artist.
a look, glance, or gaze: to cast one's eye at a beautiful necklace.
an attentive look, close observation, or watch: to be under the eye of a guard.
regard, view, aim, or intention: to have an eye to one's own advantage.
a manner or way of looking at something; judgment; opinion: To my eye, it's a great plan.We are all equal in the eyes of the law.Evaluate the text with a critical eye.
a center of light, intelligence, influence, etc.
something resembling or suggesting the eye in appearance, shape, etc., as the opening in the lens of a camera, a peephole, or a buttonhole.
the bud of a potato, Jerusalem artichoke, etc.
a small, contrastingly colored part at the center of a flower.
the central spot of a target; bull's-eye.
a choice center cut of meat: an eye of round; the eye of the rib.
one of the round spots on the tail feathers of a peacock.
the hole in a needle.
a hole made in a thing for the insertion of some object, as the handle of a tool: the eye of an ax.
a metal or other ring through which something, as a rope or rod, is passed.
the loop into which a hook is inserted.
Electronics. a photoelectric cell or similar device used to perform a function analogous to visual inspection.
Building Trades. a ring on the end of a tension member, as an eye bar or eye bolt, for connection with another member.
a hole formed during the maturation of cheese, especially Emmenthaler or Gruyère.
a loop worked at the end of a rope.
Meteorology. the approximately circular region of relatively light winds and fair weather found at the center of a severe tropical cyclone.
eyes, Nautical. the extreme forward part of the upper deck at the bow of a vessel.
Nautical. the precise direction from which a wind is blowing.
to fix the eyes upon; view: to eye the wonders of nature.
to observe or watch narrowly: She eyed the two strangers with suspicion.
to make an eye in: to eye a needle.
Obsolete. to appear to the eye.
Idioms about eye
an eye for an eye, repayment in kind, as revenge for an injustice.
be all eyes, to give all one's attention to something; look intently.
catch someone's eye, to draw or attract someone's attention: to catch the waiter's eye.
give (someone) the eye, Informal. to look fixedly at (another person), especially with obvious admiration; ogle: She ignored the men who were giving her the eye.
have an eye for, to have the ability to appreciate distinctions in; be discerning or perceptive about: She has an eye for antique furniture.
have eyes only for, : Also only have eyes for.
to want no other person or thing but: She was always surrounded by admirers, but she had eyes only for Harry.
to see, or view, or desire to see only.
in a pig's eye, Slang. absolutely not; never: In a pig's eye I will!
keep an eye on, to watch over attentively: Please keep an eye on my plants while I'm away.
keep an eye out for, to be vigilant in looking or watching for: The announcer told his listeners to keep an eye out for the escaped criminal.
keep one's eye on the ball, to remain attentive; be especially alert.
keep one's eyes open, to be especially alert or observant.
lay / clap / set eyes on, Informal. to catch sight of; see: They had never laid eyes on such a big car before.
make eyes at, to gaze flirtatiously or amorously at.
my eye!Informal. (a mild exclamation of contradiction or surprise): He says he wasn't told about this? My eye!
open one's eyes, to bring someone to a realization of the truth or of something previously unknown: A trip through Asia opened his eyes to the conditions under which millions had to live.
pick the eyes out, Australia and New Zealand. to select the best parts or items.
run one's eye over, to glance briefly at; examine hastily.
see eye to eye, to have exactly the same opinion; agree: They have never been able to see eye to eye on politics.
see with half an eye, to see or realize immediately or with ease: Anyone can see with half an eye that the plan is doomed to fail.
shut one's eyes to, to refuse to see or consider; disregard: We can no longer shut our eyes to the gravity of the situation.
sight for sore eyes, a welcome sight; a pleasant surprise: After our many days in the desert, the wretched village was a sight for sore eyes.
with an eye to, with a plan or purpose of: with an eye to one's future.
with one's eyes open, aware of the inherent or potential risks: She signed the papers with her eyes open.
- eye·a·ble, adjective
- eyelike, adjective
- eyer, noun
- un·der·eye, noun, verb (used with object), un·der·eyed, un·der·ey·ing or un·der·eye·ing.
- un·eye·a·ble, adjective
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How to use eye in a sentence
As the company firms up its offering in activewear, they’re also keeping an eye on what trends will help them grow.Fabletics’ Adam Goldenberg and Kevin Hart on what’s next for the activewear empire | Lucas Matney | September 17, 2020 | TechCrunch
We can be eyes and ears for law enforcement and communicate back to them, but we’re not civilian law enforcement.Mobilizing the National Guard Doesn’t Mean Your State Is Under Martial Law. Usually. | by Logan Jaffe | September 17, 2020 | ProPublica
The smoke particles from the wildfires raging all over the West Coast since August blocked the blue light from the sun, creating the orange and red-tinted spectacle for our human eyes.West Coast wildfire smoke is visible from outer space | María Paula Rubiano A. | September 16, 2020 | Popular-Science
Then, the edit team doubles down on a handful of those products that they think readers are particularly interested and integrates them in videos, newsletters, social posts and written content to get more eyes on them.‘One endless loop’: How Golf is using its new retail marketplace as a first-party data play | Kayleigh Barber | September 16, 2020 | Digiday
It can track their location and let parents keep an eye on where they go.Apple just announced a new iPad, iPad Air, and Apple Watch Series 6 | Stan Horazek | September 15, 2020 | Popular-Science
The numbers reinforce another article in the Post, in which cops confessed to “turning a blind eye” to minor crimes.
This attack, coming just days after the PlayStation DDoS, was certainly an eye-opener.
They eye the door anxiously, convinced that at any moment, a Pakistani or Iranian intelligence officer will come barging in.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan | Umar Farooq | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nervous fans can keep a vigilant eye on it via a webcam hosted on the town website that offers 24-hour goat viewing.
I think part of being in the public eye is getting recognized, and dealing with positive and negative scrutiny.
But Lucy had noted, out of the corner of her watchful eye, the arrival of Miss Grains, indignant and perspiring.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
As his eye became accustomed to the gloom, David Arden saw traces of gilding on the walls.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
As small letters weary the eye most, so also the smallest affairs disturb us most.Pearls of Thought | Maturin M. Ballou
Ripperda's eye fell upon the mantle,—it was discoloured a dark red in many places, he nodded his head, and the man withdrew.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
The noise of the hammer is always in his ears, and his eye is upon the pattern of the vessel he maketh.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
British Dictionary definitions for eye (1 of 2)
the organ of sight of animals, containing light-sensitive cells associated with nerve fibres, so that light entering the eye is converted to nervous impulses that reach the brain. In man and other vertebrates the iris controls the amount of light entering the eye and the lens focuses the light onto the retina: Related adjectives: ocular, oculate, ophthalmic, optic
(often plural) the ability to see; sense of vision: weak eyes
the visible external part of an eye, often including the area around it: heavy-lidded eyes; piercing eyes
a look, glance, expression, or gaze: a stern eye
a sexually inviting or provocative look (esp in the phrases give (someone) the (glad) eye, make eyes at)
attention or observation (often in the phrases catch someone's eye, keep an eye on, cast an eye over)
ability to recognize, judge, or appreciate: an eye for antiques
(often plural) opinion, judgment, point of view, or authority: in the eyes of the law
a structure or marking having the appearance of an eye, such as the bud on a twig or potato tuber or a spot on a butterfly wing
a small loop or hole, as at one end of a needle
a small area of low pressure and calm in the centre of a tornado or cyclone
informal See private eye
all eyes informal acutely vigilant or observant: the children were all eyes
my eye or all my eye informal rubbish; nonsense
an eye for an eye retributive or vengeful justice; retaliation
cut one's eye after someone, cut one's eye at someone or cut one's eye on someone Caribbean to look rudely at a person and then turn one's face away sharply while closing one's eyes: a gesture of contempt
eyes out NZ with every possible effort: he went at the job eyes out
get one's eye in mainly sport to become accustomed to the conditions, light, etc, with a consequent improvement in one's performance
half an eye
a modicum of perceptiveness: anyone with half an eye can see she's in love
continuing unobtrusive observation or awareness: the dog had half an eye on the sheep
have eyes for to be interested in: she has eyes only for him
in one's mind's eye pictured within the mind; imagined or remembered vividly
in the public eye exposed to public curiosity or publicity
keep an eye open or keep an eye out to watch with special attention (for)
keep one's eyes peeled or keep one's eyes skinned to watch vigilantly (for)
look someone in the eye to look at someone openly and without shame or embarrassment
make eyes or make sheep's eyes old-fashioned to ogle amorously
more than meets the eye hidden motives, meaning, or facts
pick the eyes out Australian and NZ to select the best parts or pieces (of)
see eye to eye to agree (with)
set eyes on, lay eyes on or clap eyes on (usually used with a negative) to see: she had never laid eyes on him before
the eye of the wind nautical the direction from which the wind is blowing
turn a blind eye to or close one's eyes to to pretend not to notice or ignore deliberately
up to one's eyes extremely busy (with)
with a … eye in a … manner: he regards our success with a jealous eye
with an eye to or having an eye to (preposition)
regarding; with reference to: with an eye to one's own interests
with the intention or purpose of: with an eye to reaching agreement
with one's eyes open in the full knowledge of all relevant facts
with one's eyes shut
with great ease, esp as a result of thorough familiarity: I could drive home with my eyes shut
without being aware of all the facts
to look at carefully or warily
Also: eye up to look at in a manner indicating sexual interest; ogle
- See also eyes
- eyeless, adjective
- eyelike, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for eye (2 of 2)
another word for nye
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for eye
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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Cultural definitions for eye
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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
- 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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