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sight / sīt/ • n. 1. the faculty or power of seeing: Joseph lost his sight as a baby| [as adj.] a sight test. ∎  the action or fact of seeing someone or something: I've always been scared of the sight of blood. ∎  the area or distance within which someone can see or something can be seen: he now refused to let Rose out of his sight. ∎ dated a person's view or consideration: we are all equal in the sight of God. 2. a thing that one sees or that can be seen: John was a familiar sight in the bar for many years he was getting used to seeing unpleasant sights. ∎  (sights) places of interest to tourists and visitors in a city, town, or other place: she offered to show me the sights. ∎  (a sight) inf. a person or thing having a ridiculous, repulsive, or disheveled appearance: “I must look a frightful sight,” she said. 3. (usu. sights) a device on a gun or optical instrument used for assisting a person's precise aim or observation. • v. 1. [tr.] manage to see or observe (someone or something); catch an initial glimpse of: tell me when you sight London Bridge| [as n.] (sighting) the unseasonal sighting of a cuckoo. 2. [intr.] take aim by looking through the sights of a gun: she sighted down the barrel. ∎  take a detailed visual measurement of something with or as with a sight. ∎  [tr.] adjust the sight of (a firearm or optical instrument). PHRASES: at first sight on first seeing or meeting someone: it was love at first sight. ∎  after an initial impression (which is then found to be different from what is actually the case): the debate is more complex than it seems at first sight. catch (or get a) sight of glimpse for a moment; suddenly notice: when she caught sight of him she smiled. in sight visible: no other vehicle was in sight. ∎  near at hand; close to being achieved or realized: the minister insisted that agreement was in sight. in (or within) sight of so as to see or be seen from: I climbed the hill and came in sight of the house. ∎  within reach of; close to attaining: he was safe for the moment and in sight of victory. in (or within) one's sights visible, esp. through the sights of one's gun. ∎  within the scope of one's ambitions or expectations: he had the prize firmly in his sights. lose sight of be no longer able to see. ∎  fail to consider, be aware of, or remember: we should not lose sight of the fact that the issues involved are moral ones. not a pretty sight inf. not a pleasant spectacle or situation. on (or at) sight as soon as someone or something has been seen: in Africa, paramilitary game wardens shoot poachers on sight. out of sight 1. not visible: she saw them off, waving until the car was out of sight. 2. (also out·a·sight) [often as interj.] inf. extremely good; excellent: [as adj.] these stereophones are an out-of-sight choice. (get) out of my sight! go away at once! raise (or lower) one's sights become more (or less) ambitious; increase (or lower) one's expectations. set one's sights on have as an ambition; hope strongly to achieve or reach: Katherine set her sights on college. a sight —— inf. or dial. used to indicate that something is so described to a considerable extent: the old lady is a sight cleverer than Sarah he's a sight too full of himself. a sight for sore eyes inf. a person or thing that one is extremely pleased or relieved to see. a sight to behold a person or thing that is particularly impressive or worth seeing.DERIVATIVES: sight·er n.

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sight thing seen, spectacle OE.; eyesight, vision; show, display, (hence) lot XIV; device to guide the eye XVI. OE. sihō, more usu. ġesihō, ġesiht (see Y-), corr. to OS. gisiht, MLG. sichte, MDu. sicht (Du. zicht), OHG., MHG. (ge)sicht (G. gesicht) sight, vision, face, appearance; WGmc. deriv. of *se(w)- SEE1; see -T1.
Hence sightly †visible; pleasing to the sight. XVI. See -LY1; now more freq. in UNSIGHTLY.

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sight out of sight, out of mind one soon forgets people or things that are no longer visible or present. Proverbial; current in this form since the mid 16th century.

See also in vain the net is spread in the sight of the bird, second sight.

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Sight

a great number; a quantity; a sum; a multitude.

Examples : sight of asses, 1577; of rare flowers, 1752; of lawyers; of money; of ships, 1449; of thanks, 1800; innumerable sight of stars, 1538; noble sight of books, 1432.

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sight Sense by which form, colour, size, movement, and distance of objects are perceived. Essentially, it is the detection of light by the eye, enabling the formation of visual images.

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sight: see vision.

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