Espy

[es-pee]
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British Dictionary definitions for james espy

espy

verb -pies, -pying or -pied
  1. (tr) to catch sight of or perceive (something distant or previously unnoticed); detectto espy a ship on the horizon
Derived Formsespier, noun

Word Origin for espy

C14: from Old French espier to spy, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for james espy

espy

v.

early 13c., aspy, from Old French espier (12c., Modern French épier), from Vulgar Latin *spiare, from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German spehon "to spy;" see spy). Related: Espied. For initial e-, see especial.

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james espy in Science

Espy

[ĕspē]James Pollard 1785-1860
  1. American meteorologist who is credited with the first correct explanation of the role heat plays in cloud formation and growth. His use of the telegraph in relaying meteorological observations and tracking storms laid the foundation for modern weather forecasting.
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