- 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)
- sight bill,
- sight draft,
- sight for sore eyes, a,
- sight gag,
- sight rhyme
- 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
Examples from the Web for sights
Now Jeff Bezos has focused his sights on populating distant galaxies.Jeff Bezos: ‘I See Millions Working in Outer Space’|Lloyd Grove|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Many of the women also claimed they were in emotionally vulnerable states when Cosby allegedly set his sights on them.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004|Marlow Stern|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was with a reporter, Lenny Bernstein, whom she had caught in her sights.
An international brand is in her five-year plan, and most things this young designer sets her sights on tend to come true.New York Fashion Week's Teen Sensation: Isabella Rose Taylor, 13, Stages A Sartorial Revolution|Justin Jones|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg already had the gun lobby in his sights.
He was rigidly looking along the sights of his rifle, hesitating to fire.Kiddie the Scout|Robert Leighton
She amused and mystified him and she volunteered after lunch to show him all the sights of Wellington.Molly Brown's Senior Days|Nell Speed
Let us make the most of our sights that are beautiful and let the others go.Mark Twain's Speeches|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I saw along the sights of my Derringer the gleam of a knife and the demoniacal face of Gustave Berger.The Gully of Bluemansdyke|A. Conan Doyle
However much we may be seeing the sights in these regions, our risks are no greater than yours are.The Great Sioux Trail|Joseph Altsheler
- 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
"features of a place that are deemed worth seeing," 1630s, plural of sight (n.).
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