Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of watching or observing.
  • noun A taking notice of something; a discovery.
  • noun The fact of being seen or noticed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of espying; observation; watch; scrutiny.
  • noun A spy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of espying; notice; discovery.
  • noun obsolete One who espies; a spy; a scout.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Act of noticing or observing.
  • noun The fact of noticing or observing; a discovery.
  • noun obsolete A spy; a scout.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of detecting something; catching sight of something

Etymologies

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

[Middle English espiaille, from Old French, from espier, to watch; see espy.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English espiaille, from Old French, from espier, to watch.

Examples

  • By the way, did you mean to have "espial" in your alternative rendering?

    Etruscan inscription REE 59,1993

  • One might understand espial which is itself a troubling hapax to refer to the father of Laris Thefarie, which is the traditional way of naming people in Etruscan inscriptions.

    Etruscan inscription REE 59,1993

  • One might understand espial which is itself a troubling hapax to refer to the father of Laris Thefarie, which is the traditional way of naming people in Etruscan inscriptions.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Stephen C. Carlson: "By the way, did you mean to have 'espial' in your alternative rendering?"

    Etruscan inscription REE 59,1993

  • Looking at the photograph, I agree that estial seems to be a better transcription than espial.

    Etruscan inscription REE 59,1993

  • May 17 Corrected typo at the transcription at the very bottom from espial to estial.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • The inscription REE 59,1993 is often transcribed thus: ecn : turce : laris : θefries : espial : atial : caθas

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Based on the above picture, could it be possible that espial is a faulty transcription for what is to be read estial with the letter tau instead of pi?

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Based on the above picture, could it be possible that espial is a faulty transcription for what is to be read estial with the letter tau instead of pi?

    Etruscan inscription REE 59,1993

  • May 17 Corrected typo at the transcription at the very bottom from espial to estial.

    Etruscan inscription REE 59,1993

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