Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A quick survey; a glance.

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  • n. A glimpse, a glance; the ability, especially of a military officer, to understand much at a glance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The faculty or the act of comprehending at a glance the weakness or strength of a military position, of a certain arrangement of troops, the most advantageous position for a battlefield, etc.

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  • n. a quick look

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French coup d'œil : coup, stroke + de, of + oeil, eye.

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French coup d'œil ("stroke of the eye").

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  • not to be confused with the trompe l'oeil, or (s)trumpet

    May 20, 2008

  • Quick survey; a glance (literally, stroke of the eye). (from WordCraft)

    May 20, 2008