the movable lid of skin that serves to cover and uncover the eyeball.

Origin of eyelid

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at eye, lid
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Examples from the Web for eyelid

Contemporary Examples of eyelid

Historical Examples of eyelid

  • A drop of blood appeared on the girl's left temple, near her eyelid.

  • The illusion had occurred in just the proper place for an eyelid.

  • He dropped it back into the holster and in a wink of an eyelid it was back in his hand.

    The Coyote

    James Roberts

  • Am I a woman, to forget long years before an eyelid has had the time to beat twice?

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad

  • I'll swear four revolvers jumped to sight while one could bat an eyelid.

    The Pirate of Panama

    William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for eyelid



either of the two muscular folds of skin that can be moved to cover the exposed portion of the eyeballRelated adjective: palpebral
Also called: clamshell aeronautics a set of movable parts at the rear of a jet engine that redirect the exhaust flow to assist braking during landing
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Word Origin and History for eyelid

mid-13c., from eye (n.) + lid (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

eyelid in Medicine



Either of two folds of skin and muscle that can be closed over the exposed portion of the eyeball.palpebra
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