- 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 sightsappearance, perception, eye, vision, view, parade, display, scene, spectacle, ken, eyesight, seeing, apprehension, visibility, eyes, afterimage, eyeshot, viewing, apperception, exhibit
Examples from the Web for sights
Contemporary Examples of sights
Now Jeff Bezos has focused his sights on populating distant galaxies.Jeff Bezos: ‘I See Millions Working in Outer Space’
December 3, 2014
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
November 24, 2014
I was with a reporter, Lenny Bernstein, whom she had caught in her sights.The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola
November 5, 2014
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
September 6, 2014
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg already had the gun lobby in his sights.The NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius
August 26, 2014
Historical Examples of sights
A glance at the intervening ground, another through his sights.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
And finds sights of faults with things wherever she is, sights of it.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 3.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
And a wholesome corrective is the Sunday service after the sights of Lourdes.In the Heart of Vosges
The author was evidently amazed at all the sights which he witnessed in the monastery.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
At first he had prepared, thinking to please me, some visits to the sights of the towns.My Double Life
- 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