- presentation of a bill of exchange: a draft payable at two months after sight.
- a showing of goods, especially gems, held periodically for wholesalers.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- immediately upon seeing, especially without referring elsewhere for assurance, further information, etc.: to translate something at sight.
- Commerce.on presentation: a draft payable at sight.
- beyond one's range of vision.
- Informal.beyond reason; exceedingly high: The price is out of sight.
- Slang.(often used as an interjection) fantastic; marvelous: a ceremony so glamorous it was out of sight. Oh wow! Out of sight!
Origin of sight
Related Words for sightingspot, perceive, observe, distinguish, behold, discern, witness, view, eyeball
Examples from the Web for sighting
Contemporary Examples of sighting
It's not exactly Vegas, but, Henry must well know, a sighting of the Royal Abs is likely to cause no little ripple interest.Prince Harry Parties TOPLESS
July 28, 2014
Users can share the location of the sighting and ship the report to public employees.Crowdsourcing NYC’s War on Rats
June 24, 2014
The guns raised in unison, the sighting of the game, the rounds of shots, the thud as a prey is felled, and then the silence.The Final Shoot: How an English Country Novel Set in 1913 Explains 2013
November 30, 2013
The first sighting of the oarfish was an 18-footer that surprised a diver off Catalina Island.Fishy Mystery: Are Beached Oarfish Trying to Tell Us Something?
October 23, 2013
For non-Glass receiving citizens, a sighting is cause for excitement.Slow Roll-out Builds Frenzied Anticipation for Google Glass
May 14, 2013
Historical Examples of sighting
These men had come to kill him; their sighting Reid on the way was only an incident.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
Major Cavender had wheeled his guns into position, and was sighting them.Winning His Way
Charles Carleton Coffin
Consequently it was merely by a process of sighting that he could obtain the places of the stars.Great Astronomers
R. S. Ball
Before night he was not only dragging the chain, but was sighting the instrument.Charles Carleton Coffin
William Elliot Griffis, D. D.
"It's simply a sighting shot, Sir Ralph," he remarked quietly.The Grell Mystery
- as soon as seen
- on presentationa bill payable at sight
- slangnot visible
- extreme or very unusual
- (as interj.)that's marvellous!
- to furnish with a sight or sights
- to adjust the sight of
Word Origin for sight
"instance of catching sight," 1853, verbal noun from sight (v.).
Old English sihð, gesiht, gesihð "thing seen; faculty of sight; aspect; vision; apparition," from Proto-Germanic *sekh(w)- (cf. Danish sigte, Swedish sigt, Middle Dutch sicht, Dutch zicht, Old High German siht, German Sicht, Gesicht), stem that also yielded Old English seon (see see (v.)), with noun suffix -th (2), later -t.
Verily, truth is sight. Therefore if two people should come disputing, saying, 'I have seen,' 'I have heard,' we should trust the one who says 'I have seen.' [Brhadaranyaka Upanishad 5.14.4]
Meaning "perception or apprehension by means of the eyes" is from early 13c. Meaning "device on a firearm to assist in aiming" is from 1580s. A "show" of something, hence, colloquially, "a great many; a lot" (late 14c.). Sight for sore eyes "welcome visitor" is attested from 1738; sight unseen "without previous inspection" is from 1892. Sight gag first attested 1944. Middle English had sighty (late 14c.) "visible, conspicuous; bright, shining; attractive, handsome;" c.1400 as "keen-sighted;" mid-15c. as "discerning" (cf. German sichtig "visible").
In addition to the idioms beginning with sight
- sight for sore eyes, a
- sight unseen
- at first blush (sight)
- at sight
- can't stand the sight of
- catch sight of
- heave into sight
- in sight
- know by sight
- lose sight of
- love at first sight
- lower one's sights
- on sight
- out of sight
- raise one's sights
- second sight
- see the sights
- set one's sights on
- twenty-twenty hindsight