Definitions for sightsaɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the power or faculty of seeing; perception of objects by use of the eyes; vision.

    Category: Physiology

  2. the act or fact of seeing.

  3. one's range of vision on some specific occasion:

    Land is in sight.

  4. a view; glimpse.

  5. mental perception or regard; judgment.

  6. something seen or worth seeing; spectacle:

    the sights of London.

  7. a person or thing that is unusual, shocking, or distressing to see:

    He was a sight after the brawl.

    Category: Informal

  8. Chiefly Dial. a multitude; great deal:

    It's a sight better to work than to starve.

    Category: Status (usage)

  9. an observation taken with a surveying, navigating, or other instrument to ascertain an exact position or direction.

    Category: Surveying

  10. any of various mechanical or optical viewing devices, as on a firearm, for aiding the eye in aiming.

    Category: Surveying, Optics

  11. Obs. skill; insight.

  12. (v.t.)to see, glimpse, notice, or observe:

    to sight a ship to the north.

  13. to take a sight or observation of, esp. with surveying or navigating instruments.

    Category: Surveying

  14. to direct or aim by a sight or sights, as a firearm.

  15. to provide with sights or adjust the sights of, as a gun.

  16. (v.i.)to aim or observe through a sight.

  17. to look carefully in a certain direction.

Idioms for sight:

  1. at first sight,after only one brief glimpse:

    love at first sight.

    Category: Idiom

  2. at sight, immediately upon seeing. on presentation:

    a draft payable at sight.

    Category: Idiom, Business

  3. by a long sight, (usu. with a negative) to an extreme degree:

    You haven't finished yet by a long sight.

  4. catch sight of,to get a glimpse of; espy.

    Category: Idiom

  5. on sight,immediately upon seeing.

    Category: Idiom

  6. out of sight, beyond one's range of vision. Informal. exceedingly or extravagantly high: Slang. (often used as an interjection) fantastic; marvelous.

    The price is out of sight.

    Category: Idiom

  7. sight for sore eyes,one whose appearance is cause for relief or gladness.

    Category: Idiom

  8. sight unseen,without previous examination:

    We bought it sight unseen.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of sight:

bef. 950; ME; OE (ge)sihth, gesiht (c. OS gisiht, OHG (ge)sicht sight, face; cf. y -), der. of sēon to see1; see -th1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. sight(noun)

    an instance of visual perception

    "the sight of his wife brought him back to reality"; "the train was an unexpected sight"

  2. sight(noun)

    anything that is seen

    "he was a familiar sight on the television"; "they went to Paris to see the sights"

  3. sight, vision, visual sense, visual modality(noun)

    the ability to see; the visual faculty

  4. sight(noun)

    a range of mental vision

    "in his sight she could do no wrong"

  5. sight, ken(noun)

    the range of vision

    "out of sight of land"

  6. view, survey, sight(noun)

    the act of looking or seeing or observing

    "he tried to get a better view of it"; "his survey of the battlefield was limited"

  7. batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad(verb)

    (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

    "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money"

  8. spy, sight(verb)

    catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes

    "he caught sight of the king's men coming over the ridge"

  9. sight(verb)

    take aim by looking through the sights of a gun (or other device)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sight(noun)ɪt

    the ability to see

    He lost his sight in the accident.

  2. sightɪt

    when you see sth or sb

    the sight of swans on the moonlit lake; For them, it was love at first sight.

  3. sightɪt

    the view from the position you are in

    as the parade came into sight; She watched until he disappeared from sight.; The ship was within sight of land.

  4. sightɪt

    sth or sb you can see

    The sunset - what a beautiful sight that was.; the shocking sights of war

  5. sightɪt

    to stop thinking about sth important

    We must not lose sight of our common goal.

  6. sightɪt

    to decide that you want to achieve sth

    He's set his sights on becoming a doctor.


  1. sight(Noun)

    the ability to see (no plural)

  2. sight(Noun)

    something seen

  3. sight(Noun)

    something worth seeing

  4. sight(Noun)

    a device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target

  5. sight(Noun)

    a great deal, a lot;

    This is a darn sight better than what I'm used to at home!

  6. sight(Verb)

    to visually register

  7. sight(Verb)

    to get sight of (something)

  8. sight(Verb)

    to take aim at

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sight(verb)

    the act of seeing; perception of objects by the eye; view; as, to gain sight of land

  2. Sight(verb)

    the power of seeing; the faculty of vision, or of perceiving objects by the instrumentality of the eyes

  3. Sight(verb)

    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. Sight(verb)

    a spectacle; a view; a show; something worth seeing

  5. Sight(verb)

    the instrument of seeing; the eye

  6. Sight(verb)

    inspection; examination; as, a letter intended for the sight of only one person

  7. Sight(verb)

    mental view; opinion; judgment; as, in their sight it was harmless

  8. Sight(verb)

    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. Sight(verb)

    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. Sight(verb)

    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. Sight(verb)

    a great number, quantity, or sum; as, a sight of money

  12. Sight(verb)

    to get sight of; to see; as, to sight land; to sight a wreck

  13. Sight(verb)

    to look at through a sight; to see accurately; as, to sight an object, as a star

  14. Sight(verb)

    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. Sight(verb)

    to take aim by a sight


  1. Sight

    A sight is a device used to assist aligning or aim weapons, surveying instruments, or other items by eye. Sights can be a simple set or system of markers that have to be aligned together as well as aligned with the target. They can also be optical devices that allow the user to see the image of an aligned aiming point in the same focus as the target. These include telescopic sights and reflector sights. There are also sights that project an aiming point onto the target itself, such as laser sights.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sight' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1556

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sight' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2705

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sight' in Nouns Frequency: #635

Anagrams of sight

  1. ghits

Translations for sight

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act or power of seeing

The blind man had lost his sight in the war.

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