American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An observer of an event.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who looks on; an onlooker or eyewitness; a beholder; especially, one of a company present at a spectacle of any kind: as, the spectators of or at a game or a drama.
- n. Synonyms Looker-on, onlooker, observer, witness, by-stander. A person is said to be a spectator at a show, a bullfight, a wrestling-match; one of the audience at a lecture, a concert, the theater; and one of the congregation at church.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who on; one who sees or beholds; a beholder; one who is personally present at, and sees, any exhibition.
- n. a woman's pump with medium heel; usually in contrasting colors for toe and heel
- n. a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)
- From Latin spectātor, from frequentative verb spectō ("watch"), from speciō ("look at"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin spectātor, from spectāre, to watch; see spectacle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Until there are 3-D films where the spectator is completely immersed, it's still only masturbation, and we're a long way from that. alex”
“Tapper's breasts so perfectly resemble those of a young woman of 18 to 19 that even the male genitals which are also perfect do not fully remove the impression that the spectator is looking on a female.”
“The role of spectator is no longer possible, -- we are all now perforce agents of history, which, rightly envisaged, is the process of the emergence of new forms and values of living.”
“Clotilde, who was very expert at this sort of architecture, was obliged to remain with the children, whilst Marian and O'Brian walked on, for standing spectator is cold work in a March wind.”
“The eye of the spectator is disappointed by an irregular prospect of half-domes and shelving roofs: the western front, the principal approach, is destitute of simplicity and magnificence; and the scale of dimensions has been much surpassed by several of the Latin cathedrals.”
“Bourgeois drew on her childhood experiences for the rest of her life, and in 1974 created one of her most difficult sculptures (difficult for the spectator, that is), a big, lurid piece called Destruction of the Father, composed largely of what seem to be body parts.”
“I am just a spectator, which is pretty hellish but does give me an overall view.”
“There was some shouting and shoving between them, but no punches," recalls a spectator, who said that Nebraska Democrat Bob Kerrey helped break up the altercation.”
“(Being a spectator is a felony in 20 states, a misdemeanor in 28, and legal only in Georgia and Hawaii.)”
“RN: That's why the sports pages in the newspaper should be called the spectator sports pages.”
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