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 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene ii]:
- 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, 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
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Acts 1:9:
- And when hee had spoken these things, while they beheld, hee was taken vp, and a cloud receiued him out of their sight.
- Something seen.
- 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!
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Exodus 3:3:
- 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 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [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!
- 1913, D[avid] H[erbert] Lawrence, chapter 2, in Sons and Lovers, London: Duckworth & Co. […], →OCLC:
- "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, [Act I, scene i]:
- Why cloude they not their ſights perpetually,
- Mental view; opinion; judgment.
- In their sight it was harmless.
- 1720, William Wake, Principles of the Christian Religion in a Commentary on the Church Catechism:
- a very heinous Sin in the Sight of God
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Luke 16:15:
- 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
eyesight — see eyesight
something worth seeing
device used in aiming a firearm
sight (third-person singular simple present sights, present participle sighting, simple past and past participle sighted)
- (transitive) To see; to get sight of (something); to register visually.
- 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 observe though, or as if through, a sight, to check the elevation, direction, levelness, or other characteristics of, especially when surveying or navigating.
- 1912, John Herbert Farrell; Alfred Joseph Moses, Practical Field Geology, page 30:
- Next a point of known elevation, preferably one of the triangulation stations, is sighted; the vertical angle is read and the horizontal distance is scaled from the point of the setup on the map to the point sighted.
- (transitive) To apply sights to; to adjust the sights of.
- to sight a rifle or a cannon
- (transitive, intransitive) To observe or aim (at something) using a (gun) sight.
- 2005 August 2, C. J. Cherryh, The Deep Beyond, Penguin, →ISBN:
- Jim braced the gun and sighted, tried to pull the trigger. Beside him a body collapsed, limp. It was Max. A shot had gone through his brain. Jim stared down at him, numb with horror.
- 2009, James Wright, FBI: Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity : an Autobiography, iUniverse, →ISBN, page 27:
- So I sighted the deer with my .30—30 and fired at him. The bullet hit about ten yards below the deer. I realized that I had a problem with the gun so I aimed about ten yards above the deer as he was running and he dropped dead on the [spot].
- 2010 October 6, Bryce M. Towsley, Gunsmithing Made Easy: Projects for the Home Gunsmith, Skyhorse Publishing Inc., →ISBN:
- This buck was finally mine. I had spent hours shooting at moving targets with that rifle and there was no way I could miss. I raised my gun and sighted through the scope.
see, get sight of, visually register
take aim at
- a great deal, a lot
- 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:
- A nombre of twenty sterres bright,
Which is to sene a wonder sight
- A nombre of twenty sterres bright,