Definitions for EYE

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

eye(n.; v.)eyed, ey•ing; eye•ing.

  1. (n.)the organ of sight; in vertebrates, one of a pair of spherical bodies contained in an orbit of the skull, along with its associated structures.

    Category: Anatomy

  2. the visible parts of this organ, as the cornea, iris, and pupil, and the surrounding eyebrows, eyelids, and eyelashes.

    Category: Anatomy

  3. this organ with respect to the color of the iris:

    blue eyes.

    Category: Anatomy

  4. the region surrounding the eye:

    puffy eyes.

    Category: Anatomy

  5. sight; vision:

    a sharp eye.

  6. the power of seeing; appreciative or discriminating visual perception:

    the eye of an artist.

  7. a look, glance, or gaze:

    cast one's eye upon a scene.

  8. an attentive look; observation:

    under the eye of a guard.

  9. regard, view, aim, or intention:

    an eye to one's own advantage.

  10. judgment; opinion:

    in the eyes of the law.

  11. a center; crux:

    the eye of an issue.

  12. something suggesting the eye in appearance, as the opening in the lens of a camera or a peephole.

    Category: Clothing

  13. a bud, as of a potato or other tuber.

    Category: Botany

  14. a small, contrastingly colored part at the center of a flower.

    Category: Botany

  15. a usu. lean, muscular section of a cut of meat.

    Category: Cooking

  16. a roundish spot, as on a tail feather of a peacock.

    Category: Ornithology

  17. the hole in a needle.

    Category: Clothing

  18. a hole in a thing for the insertion of some object, as the handle of a tool:

    the eye of an ax.

  19. a ring through which something, as a rope or rod, is passed.

  20. the loop into which a hook is inserted.

    Category: Clothing

  21. a photoelectric cell or similar device used to perform a function analogous to visual inspection.

    Category: Electronics

  22. a hole formed during the maturation of cheese.

    Category: Cooking

  23. the region of lighter winds and fair weather at the center of a tropical cyclone.

    Category: Meteorology

  24. the direction from which a wind is blowing.

    Category: Nautical, Navy, Meteorology

  25. (v.t.)to look at; view:

    to eye the wonders of nature.

  26. to watch carefully:

    eyed them with suspicion.

  27. to make an eye in:

    to eye a needle.

  28. (v.i.)Obs. to appear; seem.

Idioms for eye:

  1. be all eyes,to be extremely attentive.

    Category: Idiom

  2. catch someone's eye,to attract someone's attention.

    Category: Idiom

  3. give someone the eye,to give someone a flirtatious or warning glance.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  4. have an eye for,to be discerning about.

    Category: Idiom

  5. have eyes for,to be attracted to.

    Category: Idiom

  6. keep one's eyes open,to be especially alert or observant.

    Category: Idiom

  7. lay or set eyes on, to see.

    Category: Idiom

  8. make eyes,to glance flirtatiously; ogle.

    Category: Idiom

  9. run one's eye over,to examine hastily.

    Category: Idiom

  10. see eye to eye,to agree.

    Category: Idiom

  11. with an eye to,with the intention or consideration of.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of eye:

bef. 900; ME eie, ie, OE ēge, var. of ēage; c. OS ōga, OHG ouga, ON auga; akin to L oculus, Gk ṓps


Princeton's WordNet

  1. eye, oculus, optic(noun)

    the organ of sight

  2. eye(noun)

    good discernment (either visually or as if visually)

    "she has an eye for fresh talent"; "he has an artist's eye"

  3. eye(noun)

    attention to what is seen

    "he tried to catch her eye"

  4. center, centre, middle, heart, eye(noun)

    an area that is approximately central within some larger region

    "it is in the center of town"; "they ran forward into the heart of the struggle"; "they were in the eye of the storm"

  5. eye(verb)

    a small hole or loop (as in a needle)

    "the thread wouldn't go through the eye"

  6. eye, eyeball(verb)

    look at

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. eye(noun)ɪ

    the body part that you see with

    She has brown eyes.; Close/shut your eyes.

  2. eyeɪ

    sb's expression

    She didn't believe me; I could see it in her eyes.

  3. eyeɪ

    the hole at the end of a needle

    ***the eye of the needle

  4. eyeɪ

    to be so interested that you find it hard to stop watching

    I couldn't take my eyes off the horrible scene.

  5. eyeɪ

    to have a natural ability to find or choose good things

    She has an eye for color.

  6. eyeɪ

    to want to have or buy

    She'd had her eye on that car for months.

  7. eyeɪ

    in sb's opinion

    In her eyes, your perfect.

  8. eyeɪ

    to watch carefully or take care of

    Keep an eye on your little brother, please.

  9. eyeɪ

    to continue to look for sth

    Keep your eyes peeled for a pink neon sign.


  1. eye(Noun)

    An organ that is sensitive to light, which it converts to electrical signals passed to the brain, by which means animals see.

  2. eye(Noun)

    The visual sense.

    The car was quite pleasing to the eye, but impractical.

  3. eye(Noun)

    Attention, notice.

    That dress caught her eye.

  4. eye(Noun)

    The ability to notice what others might miss.

    He has an eye for talent.

  5. eye(Noun)

    A meaningful stare or look.

  6. eye(Noun)

    A private eye: a privately hired detective or investigator.

  7. eye(Noun)

    A hole at the blunt end of a needle through which thread is passed.

  8. eye(Noun)

    A fitting consisting of a loop of metal or other material, suitable for receiving a hook or the passage of a cord or line.

  9. eye(Noun)

    The relatively clear and calm center of a hurricane or other such storm.

  10. eye(Verb)

    To observe carefully.

  11. eye(Verb)

    To view something narrowly, as a document or a phrase in a document.

  12. eye(Verb)

    To look at someone or something as if with the intent to do something with that person or thing.

  13. eye(Noun)

    A mark on an animal, such as a peacock or butterfly, resembling a human eye.

  14. eye(Noun)

    The dark spot on a black-eyed pea.

  15. eye(Noun)

    A reproductive bud in a potato.

  16. eye(Noun)

    The dark brown center of a black-eyed Susan flower.

  17. Eye(ProperNoun)

    the comedic magazine Private Eye.

  18. Eye(ProperNoun)

    The London Eye, a tourist attraction in London.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eye(noun)

    a brood; as, an eye of pheasants

  2. Eye(noun)

    the organ of sight or vision. In man, and the vertebrates generally, it is properly the movable ball or globe in the orbit, but the term often includes the adjacent parts. In most invertebrates the years are immovable ocelli, or compound eyes made up of numerous ocelli. See Ocellus

  3. Eye(noun)

    the faculty of seeing; power or range of vision; hence, judgment or taste in the use of the eye, and in judging of objects; as, to have the eye of sailor; an eye for the beautiful or picturesque

  4. Eye(noun)

    the action of the organ of sight; sight, look; view; ocular knowledge; judgment; opinion

  5. Eye(noun)

    the space commanded by the organ of sight; scope of vision; hence, face; front; the presence of an object which is directly opposed or confronted; immediate presence

  6. Eye(noun)

    observation; oversight; watch; inspection; notice; attention; regard

  7. Eye(noun)

    that which resembles the organ of sight, in form, position, or appearance

  8. Eye(noun)

    the spots on a feather, as of peacock

  9. Eye(noun)

    the scar to which the adductor muscle is attached in oysters and other bivalve shells; also, the adductor muscle itself, esp. when used as food, as in the scallop

  10. Eye(noun)

    the bud or sprout of a plant or tuber; as the eye of a potato

  11. Eye(noun)

    the center of a target; the bull's-eye

  12. Eye(noun)

    a small loop to receive a hook; as hooks and eyes on a dress

  13. Eye(noun)

    the hole through the head of a needle

  14. Eye(noun)

    a loop forming part of anything, or a hole through anything, to receive a rope, hook, pin, shaft, etc.; as an eye at the end of a tie bar in a bridge truss; as an eye through a crank; an eye at the end of rope

  15. Eye(noun)

    the hole through the upper millstone

  16. Eye(noun)

    that which resembles the eye in relative importance or beauty

  17. Eye(noun)

    tinge; shade of color

  18. Eye(verb)

    to fix the eye on; to look on; to view; to observe; particularly, to observe or watch narrowly, or with fixed attention; to hold in view

  19. Eye(verb)

    to appear; to look


  1. Eye

    Eyes are organs that detect light and convert it into electro-chemical impulses in neurons. The simplest photoreceptor cells in conscious vision connect light to movement. In higher organisms the eye is a complex optical system which collects light from the surrounding environment, regulates its intensity through a diaphragm, focuses it through an adjustable assembly of lenses to form an image, converts this image into a set of electrical signals, and transmits these signals to the brain through complex neural pathways that connect the eye via the optic nerve to the visual cortex and other areas of the brain. Eyes with resolving power have come in ten fundamentally different forms, and 96% of animal species possess a complex optical system. Image-resolving eyes are present in molluscs, chordates and arthropods. The simplest "eyes", such as those in microorganisms, do nothing but detect whether the surroundings are light or dark, which is sufficient for the entrainment of circadian rhythms. From more complex eyes, retinal photosensitive ganglion cells send signals along the retinohypothalamic tract to the suprachiasmatic nuclei to effect circadian adjustment.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. eye

    1. An organ of the human body which sees the universe as it is not, and transmits the same to the brain. 2. The soul's feelers and pickers.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'EYE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1067

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'EYE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1322

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'EYE' in Nouns Frequency: #43

Anagrams of EYE

  1. yee

Translations for EYE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the part of the body with which one sees

Open your eyes; She has blue eyes.

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