eye, oculus, optic(noun)
the organ of sight
good discernment (either visually or as if visually)
"she has an eye for fresh talent"; "he has an artist's eye"
attention to what is seen
"he tried to catch her eye"
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"
a small hole or loop (as in a needle)
"the thread wouldn't go through the eye"
An organ that is sensitive to light, which it converts to electrical signals passed to the brain, by which means animals see.
The visual sense.
The car was quite pleasing to the eye, but impractical.
That dress caught her eye.
The ability to notice what others might miss.
He has an eye for talent.
A meaningful stare or look.
A private eye: a privately hired detective or investigator.
A hole at the blunt end of a needle through which thread is passed.
A fitting consisting of a loop of metal or other material, suitable for receiving a hook or the passage of a cord or line.
The relatively clear and calm center of a hurricane or other such storm.
To observe carefully.
To view something narrowly, as a document or a phrase in a document.
To look at someone or something as if with the intent to do something with that person or thing.
A mark on an animal, such as a peacock or butterfly, resembling a human eye.
The dark spot on a black-eyed pea.
A reproductive bud in a potato.
The dark brown center of a black-eyed Susan flower.
the comedic magazine Private Eye.
The London Eye, a tourist attraction in London.
a brood; as, an eye of pheasants
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
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
the action of the organ of sight; sight, look; view; ocular knowledge; judgment; opinion
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
observation; oversight; watch; inspection; notice; attention; regard
that which resembles the organ of sight, in form, position, or appearance
the spots on a feather, as of peacock
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
the bud or sprout of a plant or tuber; as the eye of a potato
the center of a target; the bull's-eye
a small loop to receive a hook; as hooks and eyes on a dress
the hole through the head of a needle
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
the hole through the upper millstone
that which resembles the eye in relative importance or beauty
tinge; shade of color
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
to appear; to look
Origin: [Prob. fr. nye, an eye being for a nye. See Nye.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ī, n. (obs.) a brood. [For nye, neye; a neye=an eye. See Eyas.]
ī, n. the organ of sight or vision, more correctly the globe or movable part of it: the power of seeing: sight: regard: aim: keenness of perception: anything resembling an eye, as the hole of a needle, loop or ring for a hook, &c.: the seed-bud of a potato: (pl.) the foremost part of a ship's bows, the hawse-holes.—v.t. to look on: to observe narrowly.—v.i. (Shak.) to appear:—pr.p. ey′ing or eye′ing; pa.p. eyed (īd).—ns. Eye′-ball, the ball, globe, or apple of the eye; Eye′-beam, a glance of the eye; Eye′bright, a beautiful little plant of the genus Euphrasia, formerly used as a remedy for diseases of the eye (see Euphrasy); Eye′brow, the hairy arch above the eye.—v.t. to provide with artificial eyebrows.—adj. Eye′browless, without eyebrows.—p.adj. Eyed, having eyes: spotted as if with eyes.—ns. Eye′-drop (Shak.), a tear; Eye′-flap, a blinder on a horse's bridle; Eye′-glance, a quick look; Eye′glass, a glass to assist the sight, esp. such as stick on the nose by means of a spring: the eye-piece of a telescope and like instrument: (Shak.) the lens of the eye; Eye′lash, the line of hairs that edges the eyelid.—adj. Eye′less, without eyes or sight: deprived of eyes: blind.—ns. Eye′let, Eye′let-hole, a small eye or hole to receive a lace or cord, as in garments, sails, &c.: a small hole for seeing through: a little eye.—v.i. to make eyelets.—ns. Eye′liad, obsolete form of œillade; Eye′lid, the lid or cover of the eye: the portion of movable skin by means of which the eye is opened or closed at pleasure; Eye′-ō′pener, something that opens the eyes literally or figuratively, a startling story: a drink, esp. in the morning; Eye′-piece, the lens or combination of lenses at the eye-end of a telescope; Eye′-pit, the socket of the eye; Eye′-salve, salve or ointment for the eyes; Eye′-serv′ant, a servant who does his duty only when under the eye of his master; Eye′-serv′ice, service performed only under the eye or inspection of an employer: formal worship; Eye′-shot, the reach or range of sight of the eye: a glance; Eye′sight, power of seeing: view: observation; Eye′sore, anything that is offensive to the eye or otherwise; Eye′-splice, a kind of eye or loop formed by splicing the end of a rope into itself; Eye′-spot, a spot like an eye.—adj. Eye′-spot′ted (Spens.), marked with spots like eyes.—ns. Eye′-stone, a small calcareous body used for removing substances from under the eyelid; Eye′-string, the muscle which raises the eyelid; Eye&p
The Roycroft Dictionary
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.
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Rank popularity for the word 'eye' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1322
Rank popularity for the word 'eye' in Nouns Frequency: #43
The numerical value of eye in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of eye in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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