the power or faculty of seeing.
the act or fact of seeing.
the range of the eye: to come within eyesight.

Origin of eyesight

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at eye, sight
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Related Words for eyesight

perception, seeing, sight, view, optics, perceiving

Examples from the Web for eyesight

Contemporary Examples of eyesight

Historical Examples of eyesight

  • Faith is the soul's eyesight; and when we possess it the world is never dark nor lonely.

    Biographical Stories

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • First of all, it was evident that he must turn back if he was to save his eyesight.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Low-lying alligator, evading the eyesight and discouraging hope!

  • In the pursuit he lost his eyesight, lost his health, but never lost his love of truth.


    Samuel Smiles

  • After the death of her husband, she had worked so late as to endanger her eyesight.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for eyesight



the ability to see; faculty of sight
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Word Origin and History for eyesight

c.1200, from eye (n.) + sight (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

eyesight in Medicine




The faculty of sight; vision.
Range of vision; view.
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