What does Sight mean?

Definitions for Sight

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sightnoun

    an instance of visual perception

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

  2. sightnoun

    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 modalitynoun

    the ability to see; the visual faculty

  4. sightnoun

    a range of mental vision

    "in his sight she could do no wrong"

  5. sight, kennoun

    the range of vision

    "out of sight of land"

  6. view, survey, sightnoun

    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, wadverb

    (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, sightverb

    catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes

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

  9. sightverb

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


  1. sightnoun

    the ability to see (no plural)

  2. sightnoun

    something seen

  3. sightnoun

    something worth seeing

  4. sightnoun

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

  5. sightnoun

    a great deal, a lot;

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

  6. sightverb

    to visually register

  7. sightverb

    to get sight of (something)

  8. sightverb

    to take aim at

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SIGHTnoun

    Etymology: gesiðe , Saxon; sicht, gesicht, Dutch.

    If bees go forth right to a place, they must needs have sight. Francis Bacon.

    O loss of sight, of thee I most complain!
    Blind among enemies, O worse than chains,
    Dungeon or beggary, decrepit age! John Milton, Agonistes.

    Things invisible to mortal sight. John Milton.

    ’Tis still the same, although their airy shape
    All but a quick poetick sight escape. John Denham.

    My eyes are somewhat dimish grown;
    For nature, always in the right,
    To your decays adapts my sight. Jonathan Swift.

    Undaunted Hotspur
    Brings on his army, eager unto fight,
    And plac’d the same before the king in sight. Daniel.

    Æneas cast his wond’ring eyes around,
    And all the Tyrrhene army had in sight,
    Stretch’d on the spacious plain from left to right. Dryden.

    I met Brutidius in a mortal fright;
    He’s dipt for certain, and plays least in sight. John Dryden, Juven.

    Nine things to sight required are;
    The pow’r to see, the light, the visible thing,
    Being not too small, too thin, too nigh, too far,
    Clear space and time, the form distinct to bring. Davies.

    Mine eye pursu’d him still, but under shade
    Lost sight of him. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. iv.

    What form of death could him affright,
    Who unconcern’d, with stedfast sight,
    Could view the surges mounting steep,
    And monsters rolling in the deep! John Dryden, Horace.

    Having little knowledge of the circumstances of those St. Paul writ to, it is not strange that many things lie concealed to us, which they who were concerned in the letter understood at first sight. John Locke.

    It was writ as a private letter to a person of piety, upon an assurance that it should never come to any one’s sight but her own. William Wake.

    From the depth of hell they lift their sight,
    And at a distance see superior light. Dryden.

    Their armed staves in charge, their beavers down,
    Their eyes of fire sparkling through sights of steel. William Shakespeare.

    Thus are my eyes still captive to one sight;
    Thus all my thoughts are slaves to one thought still. Philip Sidney.

    Them seem’d they never saw a sight so fair
    Of fowls so lovely, that they sure did deem
    Them heavenly born. Edmund Spenser.

    Not an eye
    But is a-weary of thy common sight,
    Save mine, which hath desir’d to see thee more. William Shakespeare.

    Moses said, I will turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. Ex. iii.3.

    I took a felucca at Naples to carry me to Rome, that I might not run over the same sights a second time. Addison.

    Not proud Olympus yields a nobler sight,
    Though gods assembled grace his tow’ring height,
    Than what more humble mountains offer here,
    Where, in their blessings, all those gods appear. Alexander Pope.

    Before you pass th’ imaginary sights
    Of lords and earls, and dukes and garter’d knights,
    While the spread fan o’ershades your closing eyes,
    Then give one flirt, and all the vision flies. Alexander Pope.


  1. sight

    Sight refers to the ability or sense of vision, which allows individuals to perceive and interpret their surroundings through the eyes. It involves the detection of light and its perception as visual images, enabling individuals to perceive colors, shapes, sizes, depth, and movement. Sight plays a crucial role in human perception and communication, providing valuable information about the environment and contributing to various daily activities, such as reading, recognizing faces, driving, and navigating.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sightverb

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

  2. Sightverb

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

  3. Sightverb

    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. Sightverb

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

  5. Sightverb

    the instrument of seeing; the eye

  6. Sightverb

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

  7. Sightverb

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

  8. Sightverb

    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. Sightverb

    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. Sightverb

    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. Sightverb

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

  12. Sightverb

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

  13. Sightverb

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

  14. Sightverb

    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. Sightverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sight

    sīt, n. act of seeing: view: faculty of seeing: that which is seen: a spectacle: an object of especial interest: space within vision: examination: a small opening for looking through at objects: a metal pin on the top of a barrel of a gun to guide the eye in taking aim: (slang) a great many or a great deal.—v.t. to catch sight of: to present to sight or put under notice.—adjs. Sight′ed, having sight of some special character, as short-sighted: fitted with a sight, as a firearm; Sight′less, wanting sight: blind: (Shak.) invisible: (Shak.) unsightly, ugly.—adv. Sight′lessly.—ns. Sight′lessness; Sight′liness.—adjs. Sight′ly, pleasing to the sight or eye: comely; Sight′-outrun′ning (Shak.), running faster than the eye can follow.—ns. Sight′-read′er, one who reads at sight, as musical notes, passages in a foreign tongue, &c.; Sight′-reading; Sight′-see′ing, the act of seeing sights: eagerness to see novelties or curiosities; Sight′-sē′er, one who is eager to see novelties or curiosities; Sights′man, a local guide; Sec′ond-sight, a gift of prophetic vision, long supposed in the Scottish Highlands and elsewhere to belong to particular persons.—At sight, without previous study or practice; At sight, After sight, terms applied to bills or notes payable on, or after, presentation; Lose sight of, to cease to see: to overlook; Out of sight, too far away to be seen: not in sight: (coll.) beyond comparison; Put out of sight, to remove from vision: (slang) to consume, as food. [A.S. siht, ge-sihtge-segen, pa.p. of seón, to see; Ger. sicht.]

  2. Sight

    sīt (Spens.)=Sighed.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sight

    A small piece of brass or iron fixed to a cannon or a musket, to serve as a point of direction, and to assist the eye in aiming the piece.

  2. sight

    To give the proper elevation and direction to by means of a sight; as, to sight a rifle or cannon. To take sight, to take aim; to look for the purpose of directing a piece of artillery, or the like.

Editors Contribution

  1. sight

    A natural sense

    Sight is through the eyes and is a natural sense that we feel through our soul

    Submitted by MaryC on May 22, 2021  

  2. sight

    The act, fact and ability of seeing through the eye or eyes.

    Our sight is amazing when we think of it.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 21, 2021  

  3. sight

    The feeling, knowing, act, fact and ability of seeing in color through an eye or the eyes.

    His sight was excellent and he was able to complete many things.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 31, 2019  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sight in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Sight in a Sentence

  1. Mark Pollock:

    Whenever I put my Superman costume on as a kid, I didn't have X-ray vision. I had desperately short sight and had to wear big. thick glasses to see, i couldn't leave (glasses) in the phone box like Clark Kent could. That short sight lead me to have a detached retina.

  2. Israel Zangwill:

    The only true love is love at first sight second sight dispels it.

  3. Rachael Ray:

    It's crazy, I've never felt more humble and grateful in my entire life than I do right now to be alive, to have two kids that are healthy, to be amongst this crew and this team and getting this opportunity, i don't know how I ended up here, but I'll never lose sight and I never have lost sight of how lucky I am.

  4. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For so swiftly it flew, the sight Could not follow it in its flight. I breathed a song into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For, who has sight so keen and strong That it can follow the flight of song? Long, long afterward, in an oak I found the arrow, still unbroken; And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.

  5. Clark Brewster:

    He said that he saw the laser sight on the shoulder, assumed it was the Taser, both the gun and the Taser have a laser sight, and he just made a mistake.

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Translations for Sight

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  • visier, aanskouing, besienswaardigheid, sig, gesig, besigtigheid, mik, sien, korrelAfrikaans
  • نظر, مشهد, منظر يستحق المشاهدةArabic
  • vistaCatalan, Valencian
  • pohled, pamětihodnost, zrak, podívaná, spatřit, zahlédnoutCzech
  • seværdighed, sigte, synDanish
  • Sehen, Sehvermögen, Sehenswürdigkeit, Visier, anvisieren, erblickenGerman
  • θέαμα, αξιοθέατο, όραση, στόχαστρο, βλέπωGreek
  • panorama, vista, visor, mira, visión, [[lugar]] de [[interés]], espectáculo, apuntar, avistar, verSpanish
  • ikusmenBasque
  • näkökenttä, nähtävyys, arvoinen, tähtäin, näkö, näköala, näkemisen, nähdä, tähdätäFinnish
  • sjónFaroese
  • vue, quelque chose à voir, principales attractions, monuments, vision, truc à voir, mire, viseur, voir, apercevoir, viserFrench
  • amharcIrish
  • sealladh, fianaisScottish Gaelic
  • visiónGalician
  • ראייה, כוונת, מראה, אתרHebrew
  • दर्शनHindi
  • látás, látnivaló, látványHungarian
  • tampak, nampakIndonesian
  • vista, mirino, spettacolo, avvistare, vedere, mirareItalian
  • 視力, 見物, 照準器, 照準具, 視覚, 情景, サイトJapanese
  • 시력, 보다, 겨누다Korean
  • visusLatin
  • rega, regėjimasLithuanian
  • redzeLatvian
  • kerokero, keroMāori
  • കാഴ്ച്ച, ദൃശ്യം, ദൃഷ്ഠിMalayalam
  • gezichtsvermogen, vizier, aanblik, bezienswaardigheidDutch
  • atrakcja turystyczna, wzrok, widok, celownik, dojrzeć, zobaczyć, celowaćPolish
  • vista, espetáculo, visão, mira, mirar, ver, avistarPortuguese
  • vedere, priveliște, văz, spectacolRomanian
  • достопримеча́тельность, зре́ние, вид, зре́лище, прице́л, увидеть, целитьсяRussian
  • दृश्यम्Sanskrit
  • vizir, vidik, prizor, vidik, prizor, vidSerbo-Croatian
  • zrakSlovak
  • syn, synförmåga, åsyn, anblick, sevärdhet, sikte, se, siktaSwedish
  • దృష్టి, దృశ్యము, చూపుTelugu
  • görüş, görmeTurkish
  • зірUkrainian
  • thị lực, sức nhìn, tầm nhìn, cảnh, nhìn thấyVietnamese
  • logasienVolapük

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