From Middle English siȝht, siȝt, siht, from Old English siht, sihþ (“something seen; vision”), from Proto-West Germanic *sihti, equivalent to see + -th. Cognate with Scots sicht, Saterland Frisian Sicht, West Frisian sicht, Dutch zicht, German Low German Sicht, German Sicht, Danish sigte, Swedish sikte.
sight (countable and uncountable, plural sights)
- (in the singular) The ability to see.
He is losing his sight and now can barely read.
c. 1588–1593, William Shakespeare, “The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene ii]: Thy sight is young, / And thou shalt read when mine begin to dazzle. 1671, John Milton, “Samson Agonistes, […]”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: […] J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398, lines 67, page 12:
O loſs of ſight, of thee I moſt complain!
- The act of seeing; perception of objects by the eye; view.
to gain sight of land
- Something seen.
- 2005, Lesley Brown (translator), Plato (author), Sophist, 236d:
- He's a really remarkable man and it's very hard to get him in one's sights; […]
- Something worth seeing; a spectacle, either good or bad.
We went to London and saw all the sights – Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, and so on.
You really look a sight in that ridiculous costume!
- And Moses saide, I will nowe turne aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
- 1596, Edmund Spenser, Prothalamion
- They never saw a sight so fair.
- 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.
the sight of a quadrant
c. 1596–1599, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i]:
their eyes of fire sparking through sights of steel
- (now colloquial) a great deal, a lot; frequently used to intensify a comparative.
a sight of money
This is a darn sight better than what I'm used to at home!
c. 1386–1390, John Gower, Reinhold Pauli, editor, Confessio Amantis of John Gower: Edited and Collated with the Best Manuscripts, volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), London: Bell and Daldy […], published 1857, OCLC 827099568:
- A nombre of twenty sterres bright,
Which is to sene a wonder sight
- 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 2
- "If your mother put you in the pit at twelve, it's no reason why I should do the same with my lad."
- "Twelve! It wor a sight afore that!"
- 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.
c. 1607–1608, William Shakeſpeare, The Late, And much admired Play, Called Pericles, Prince of Tyre. […], London: Imprinted at London for Henry Goſſon, […], published 1609, OCLC 78596089, [Act I, scene i]:
Why cloude they not their ſights perpetually,
- Mental view; opinion; judgment.
In their sight it was harmless.
something worth seeing
- Japanese: 見物 (ja) (みもの, mimono), 情景 (ja) (じょうけい, jōkei)
- Korean: 경치(景致) (ko) (gyeongchi), 구경 (ko) (gugyeong)
- Malayalam: ദൃശ്യം (ml) (dṛśyaṃ)
- Bokmål: severdighet (no) m or f, turistattraksjon m
- Nynorsk: turistattraksjon m
- Polish: atrakcja turystyczna f
- Portuguese: espetáculo (pt) m
- Romanian: spectacol (ro) n, priveliște (ro) f
- Russian: достопримеча́тельность (ru) f (dostoprimečátelʹnostʹ), зре́лище (ru) n (zrélišče) (spectacle)
- Sanskrit: दृश्यम् (sa) (dṛśyam)
- Scottish Gaelic: sealladh m
- Roman: vidik (sh), prizor (sh) m
- Spanish: lugar de interés m, espectáculo (es) m, panorama m
- Swedish: sevärdhet (sv) c
- Telugu: దృశ్యము (te) (dr̥śyamu)
- Ukrainian: па́м'ятка f (pámʺjatka), незвича́йність f (nezvyčájnistʹ)
- Vietnamese: cảnh (vi)
device used in aiming a firearm
sight (third-person singular simple present sights, present participle sighting, simple past and past participle sighted)
- (transitive) To register visually.
- (transitive) To get sight of (something).
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
I was on my way to the door, but all at once, through the fog in my head, I began to sight one reef that I hadn't paid any attention to afore.
to sight land from a ship
- (transitive) To apply sights to; to adjust the sights of; also, to give the proper elevation and direction to by means of a sight.
to sight a rifle or a cannon
- (transitive) To take aim at.