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Definition of Sight


  1. The act of seeing; perception of objects by the eye; view; as, to gain sight of land.
  2. The power of seeing; the faculty of vision, or of perceiving objects by the instrumentality of the eyes.
  3. The state of admitting unobstructed vision; visibility; open view; region which the eye at one time surveys; space through which the power of vision extends; as, an object within sight.
  4. A spectacle; a view; a show; something worth seeing.
  5. The instrument of seeing; the eye.
  6. Inspection; examination; as, a letter intended for the sight of only one person.
  7. Mental view; opinion; judgment; as, in their sight it was harmless.
  8. A small aperture through which objects are to be seen, and by which their direction is settled or ascertained; as, the sight of a quadrant.
  9. A small piece of metal, fixed or movable, on the breech, muzzle, center, or trunnion of a gun, or on the breech and the muzzle of a rifle, pistol, etc., by means of which the eye is guided in aiming.
  10. In a drawing, picture, etc., that part of the surface, as of paper or canvas, which is within the frame or the border or margin. In a frame or the like, the open space, the opening.
  11. A great number, quantity, or sum; as, a sight of money.
  12. To get sight of; to see; as, to sight land; to sight a wreck.
  13. To look at through a sight; to see accurately; as, to sight an object, as a star.
  14. To apply sights to; to adjust the sights of; also, to give the proper elevation and direction to by means of a sight; as, to sight a rifle or a cannon.
  15. To take aim by a sight.

Sight Quotations

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
C. S. Lewis

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. - Vincent Van Gogh
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
Vincent Van Gogh

That's the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key.
Elizabeth Wurtzel

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
Helen Keller

Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.
Marcus Aurelius
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Sight Translations

sight in Dutch is richtmiddel, zoeker, vizier
sight in German is anblick
sight in Italian is cosa notevole, aspetto
sight in Norwegian is utsikt
sight in Portuguese is vista
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