(in the singular) The ability to see.
- Thy sight is young, / And thou shalt read when mine begin to dazzle.
The act of seeing; perception of objects by the eye; view.
- O loss of sight , of thee I most complain!
* Bible, Acts i. 9
- to gain sight of land
* 2005 , Lesley Brown (translator), :
* He's a really remarkable man and it's very hard to get him in one's sights ;
Something worth seeing; a spectacle.
- A cloud received him out of their sight .
* Bible, Exodus iii. 3
- You really look a sight in that silly costume!
- Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight , why the bush is not burnt.
A device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target.
A small aperture through which objects are to be seen, and by which their direction is settled or ascertained.
- They never saw a sight so fair.
- the sight of a quadrant
a great deal, a lot; (frequently used to intensify a comparative).
- their eyes of fire sparking through sights of steel
- a sight of money
- This is a darn sight better than what I'm used to at home!
* 1913 ,
- a wonder sight of flowers
- "If your mother put you in the pit at twelve, it's no reason why I should do the same with my lad."
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, the open space, the opening.
(obsolete) The instrument of seeing; the eye.
- "Twelve! It wor a sight afore that!"
Mental view; opinion; judgment.
- Why cloud they not their sights ?
- In their sight it was harmless.
* Bible, Luke xvi. 15
- That which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
* (ability to see) sense of sight, vision
* (something seen) view
* (aiming device) scope, peep sight
* sight for sore eyes
* in sight
* not a pretty sight
* at sight
* on sight
* out of sight
* second sight
* sight cheque
* sight draft
* sight for sore eyes
* sight gag
* sight rhyme
* sight unseen
To register visually.
To get sight of (something).
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To apply sights to; to adjust the sights of; also, to give the proper elevation and direction to by means of a sight.
To take aim at.
* (visually register) see
* (get sight of) espy, glimpse, spot
* (take aim) aim at, take aim at
(obsolete) To behave in an obnoxious and superior manner (over, against).
To offend (someone) by being rude, insensitive or insolent; to demean or affront (someone).
(obsolete) To leap or trample upon; to make a sudden onset upon.
- thou hast lost all, poor thou art, dejected, in pain of body, grief of mind, thine enemies insult over thee, thou art as bad as Job […].
* (to offend) abuse, affront, offend, slight
* See also
An action or form of speech deliberately intended to be rude.
* 1987 , Jamie Lee Curtis, A Fish Called Wanda :
- the ruthless sneer that insult adds to grief
Anything that causes offence/offense, e.g. by being of an unacceptable quality.
- To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people!
(medicine) Something causing disease or injury to the body or bodily processes.
* 2006 , Stephen G. Lomber, Jos J. Eggermont, Reprogramming the Cerebral Cortex (page 415)
- The way the orchestra performed tonight was an insult to my ears.
* 2011 , Terence Allen and Graham Cowling, The Cell: A Very Short Introduction , Oxford 2011, p. 96:
(obsolete) The act of leaping on; onset; attack.
- Within the complex genome of most organisms there are alternative multiple pathways of proteins which can help the individual cell survive a variety of insults , for example radiation, toxic chemicals, heat, excessive or reduced oxygen.
* (deliberatedly intended to be rude) abuse (uncountable), affront, offence (UK)/offense (US), pejorative, slam, slight, slur
* (thing causing offence by being of unacceptable quality) disgrace, outrage
* See also