- the power or faculty of seeing; perception of objects by use of the eyes; vision.
- an act, fact, or instance of seeing.
- one's range of vision on some specific occasion: Land is in sight.
- a view; glimpse.
- mental perception or regard; judgment.
- something seen or worth seeing; spectacle: the sights of London.
- Informal. something unusual, surprising, shocking, or distressing: They were a sight after the fight.
- presentation of a bill of exchange: a draft payable at two months after sight.
- a showing of goods, especially gems, held periodically for wholesalers.
- Older Use. a multitude; great deal: It's a sight better to work than to starve.
- an observation taken with a surveying, navigating, or other instrument to ascertain an exact position or direction.
- any of various mechanical or optical viewing devices, as on a firearm or surveying instrument, for aiding the eye in aiming.
- Obsolete. skill; insight.
- to see, glimpse, notice, or observe: to sight a ship to the north.
- to take a sight or observation of (a stake, coastline, etc.), especially with surveying or navigating instruments.
- to direct or aim by a sight or sights, as a firearm.
- to provide with sights or adjust the sights of, as a gun.
- to aim or observe through a sight.
- to look carefully in a certain direction.
- at first sight, at the first glimpse; at once: It was love at first sight.
- at sight,
- 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.
- catch sight of, to get a glimpse of; espy: We caught sight of the lake below.
- know by sight, to recognize (a person or thing) seen previously: I know him by sight, but I know nothing about him.
- not by a long sight, Informal. definitely not: Is that all? Not by a long sight.
- on/upon sight, immediately upon seeing: to shoot him on sight; to recognize someone on sight.
- out of 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!
- sight for sore eyes, someone or something whose appearance on the scene is cause for relief or gladness.
- sight unseen, without previous examination: to buy something sight unseen.
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’
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
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
- the power or faculty of seeing; perception by the eyes; visionRelated adjectives: optical, visual
- the act or an instance of seeing
- the range of visionwithin sight of land
- range of mental vision; point of view; judgmentin his sight she could do nothing wrong
- a glimpse or view (esp in the phrases catch sight of, lose sight of)
- anything that is seen
- (often plural) anything worth seeing; spectaclethe sights of London
- informal anything unpleasant or undesirable to seehis room was a sight!
- any of various devices or instruments used to assist the eye in making alignments or directional observations, esp such a device used in aiming a gun
- an observation or alignment made with such a device
- an opportunity for observation
- obsolete insight or skill
- a sight informal a great dealshe's a sight too good for him
- a sight for sore eyes a person or thing that one is pleased or relieved to see
- at sight or on sight
- as soon as seen
- on presentationa bill payable at sight
- know by sight to be familiar with the appearance of without having personal acquaintanceI know Mr Brown by sight but we have never spoken
- not by a long sight informal on no account; not at all
- out of sight
- slangnot visible
- extreme or very unusual
- (as interj.)that's marvellous!
- set one's sights on to have (a specified goal) in mind; aim for
- sight unseen without having seen the object at issueto buy a car sight unseen
- (tr) to see, view, or glimpse
- to furnish with a sight or sights
- to adjust the sight of
- to aim (a firearm) using the sight
Word Origin and History for sights
"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").
- The ability to see.
- Field of vision.
Idioms and Phrases with sights
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