eyelid

[ ahy-lid ]
/ ˈaɪˌlɪd /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. eyelash sign,
  2. eyeless,
  3. eyelet,
  4. eyeleteer,
  5. eyelevel,
  6. eyelift,
  7. eyeliner,
  8. eyen,
  9. eyeopener,
  10. eyepiece

Origin of eyelid

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at eye, lid

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British Dictionary definitions for eyelid

eyelid

/ (ˈaɪˌlɪd) /

noun

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

eyelid

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for eyelid

eyelid

n.

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

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