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

  • n. An organ of vision or of light sensitivity.
  • n. Either of a pair of hollow structures located in bony sockets of the skull, functioning together or independently, each having a lens capable of focusing incident light on an internal photosensitive retina from which nerve impulses are sent to the brain; the vertebrate organ of vision.
  • n. The external, visible portion of this organ together with its associated structures, especially the eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows.
  • n. The pigmented iris of this organ.
  • n. The faculty of seeing; vision.
  • n. The ability to make intellectual or aesthetic judgments: has a good eye for understated fashion.
  • n. A way of regarding something; a point of view: To my eye, the decorations are excellent.
  • n. Attention: The lavish window display immediately got my eye.
  • n. Watchful attention or supervision: always under his boss's eye; kept an eye on her valuables.
  • n. Something suggestive of the vertebrate organ of vision, especially:
  • n. An opening in a needle.
  • n. The aperture of a camera.
  • n. A loop, as of metal, rope, or thread.
  • n. A circular marking on a peacock's feather.
  • n. Chiefly Southern U.S. The round flat cover over the hole on the top of a wood-burning stove. Also called regionally cap1, griddle.
  • n. A photosensitive device, such as a photoelectric cell.
  • n. Botany A bud on a twig or tuber: the eye of a potato.
  • n. Botany The often differently colored center of the corolla of some flowers.
  • n. Meteorology The circular area of relative calm at the center of a cyclone.
  • n. The center or focal point of attention or action: right in the eye of the controversy.
  • n. Informal A detective, especially a private investigator.
  • n. A choice center cut of meat, as of beef: eye of the round.
  • transitive v. To look at: eyed the passing crowd with indifference.
  • transitive v. To watch closely: eyed the shark's movements.
  • transitive v. To supply with an eye.
  • idiom all eyes Fully attentive.
  • idiom an eye for an eye Punishment in which an offender suffers what the victim has suffered.
  • idiom clap To look at.
  • idiom eye to eye In agreement: We're eye to eye on all the vital issues.
  • idiom have eyes for To be interested in.
  • idiom have (one's) eye on To look at, especially attentively or continuously.
  • idiom have (one's) eye on To have as one's objective.
  • idiom in the eye of the wind Nautical In a direction opposite that of the wind; close to the wind.
  • idiom in the public eye Frequently seen in public or in the media.
  • idiom in the public eye Widely publicized; well-known.
  • idiom my eye Slang In no way; not at all. Used interjectionally.
  • idiom with an eye to With a view to: redecorated the room with an eye to its future use as a nursery.
  • idiom with (one's) eyes closed Unaware of the risks involved.
  • idiom with (one's) eyes open Aware of the risks involved.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An organ that is sensitive to light, which it converts to electrical signals passed to the brain, by which means animals see.
  • n. The visual sense.
  • n. Attention, notice.
  • n. The ability to notice what others might miss.
  • n. A meaningful stare or look.
  • n. A private eye: a privately hired detective or investigator.
  • n. A hole at the blunt end of a needle through which thread is passed.
  • n. A fitting consisting of a loop of metal or other material, suitable for receiving a hook or the passage of a cord or line.
  • n. The relatively clear and calm center of a hurricane or other such storm.
  • n. A mark on an animal, such as a peacock or butterfly, resembling a human eye.
  • n. The dark spot on a black-eyed pea.
  • n. A reproductive bud in a potato.
  • n. The dark brown center of a black-eyed Susan flower.
  • v. To observe carefully.
  • v. To view something narrowly, as a document or a phrase in a document.
  • v. To look at someone or something as if with the intent to do something with that person or thing.
  • v. To appear; to look.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A brood.
  • n. 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 eyes are immovable ocelli, or compound eyes made up of numerous ocelli. See ocellus.
  • n. The faculty of seeing; power or range of vision; hence, judgment or taste in the use of the eye, and in judging of objects
  • n. The action of the organ of sight; sight, look; view; ocular knowledge; judgment; opinion.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Observation; oversight; watch; inspection; notice; attention; regard.
  • n. That which resembles the organ of sight, in form, position, or appearance.
  • n. The spots on a feather, as of peacock.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The bud or sprout of a plant or tuber.
  • n. The center of a target; the bull's-eye.
  • n. A small loop to receive a hook.
  • n. The hole through the head of a needle.
  • n. A loop forming part of anything, or a hole through anything, to receive a rope, hook, pin, shaft, etc..
  • n. The hole through the upper millstone.
  • n. That which resembles the eye in relative importance or beauty.
  • n. Tinge; shade of color.
  • intransitive v. To appear; to look.
  • transitive v. To fix the eye on; to stare at; to look on; to view; to observe; particularly, to observe or watch narrowly, or with fixed attention; to hold in view.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fix the eye on; look at; view; observe; particularly, to observe or watch narrowly or with fixed attention.
  • To make an eye in: as, to eye a needle.
  • To be seen; appear; have an appearance.
  • n. The organ of vision; the physiological mechanism of the sense of sight; an anatomical arrangement of parts by which optical images may be formed; in general, any part of an animal body by means of which the faculty of vision is exercised, or the impact of the light-rays is sensed as a visual impression or optical image.
  • n. In a restricted or specific use, some part or appurtenance of the physical eye, taken as representing the whole.
  • n. Figuratively Vision; the act of seeing, or the field of sight; hence, observation; watch.
  • n. The power of seeing; range or delicacy of vision; appreciative or discriminative visual perception: as, to have the eye of a sailor; he has an eye for color, the picturesque, etc.
  • n. Mental view or perception; power of mental perception; opinion formed by observation or contemplation.
  • n. Look; countenance; aspect; face; presence.
  • n. Regard; respect; view; close attention; aim.
  • n. Opposed aspect or course; confronting presentation or direction: chiefly or wholly nautical: as, to steer a ship in the sun's eye; to sail in the wind's eye.
  • n. Something resembling or suggesting an eye in shape, position, or general appearance.
  • n. One of the spots on a peacock's tail.
  • n. The muscular impression on the inner side of the shell of a bivalve, as an oyster. See ciborium.
  • n. The hole or aperture in a needle through which the thread passes.
  • n. The hole in any instrument or tool in which a handle or the like is secured, or through which it is passed, as that for the handle in a hammer-head, that for the helve in an ax, that for the ring in the shank of an anchor, etc.
  • n. The hole of a millstone through which the grain passes.
  • n. In metallurgy, an opening at the angle of the tuyere, or where the tuyere connects with the gooseneck, in a blast-furnace, through which the state of the interior may be examined. This opening, which is protected by a plate of glass or mica, is called the eye of the furnace.
  • n. The catch of bent wire into which a hook (forming with it a hook and eye) is inserted.
  • n. An eyebolt.
  • n. Nautical, the loop at the upper end of a backstay or pair of shrouds which goes over the masthead of a ship.
  • n. The metal loop at the end of a harness-trace.
  • n. In archery, the loop of a bowstring which passes over the upper nock in bracing.
  • n. The socket at the end of a carriage-pole or shaft.
  • n. The center of a wheel or crank, designed to receive the shaft or axle.
  • n. The center of a target.
  • n. In architecture, a general term for the distinctly marked center of anything: thus, the eye of a volute is the circle at its center from which the spiral lines spring; the eye of a dome is a circular aperture at its apex; the eye of a pediment is a circular window in its center.
  • n. A center or focus of light, power, or influence: as, the sun is the eye of day.
  • n. A slight or just distinguishable tint of a color; tinge; shade.
  • n. In Crustacea, a calcareous concretion embedded in the walls of the stomach.
  • n. An eye whose lids and surrounding parts are livid or discolored, as by a blow or bruise.
  • n. Figuratively, defeat; repulse; injury; disgrace or disfavor; hence, a shock, as if from a blow on the eye: as, that scheme got a black eye in the committee; I will give him a black eye in print.
  • n. To take the conceit out of a person; show one how foolish one is: as, to wipe one's eye for him.
  • n. A brood: as, an eye or a shoal of fish.
  • n.
  • n. In some echinoids, a minute pigmented nodule, probably without visual functions, situated at the end of an ambulacrum.
  • n. In photography, the spectral range of wave-lengths to which a photographic plate or film is sensitive
  • n. In chitons, one of the numerous pigmented spots scattered either irregularly or symmetrically over the outer surface of the exposed area of the shell. “Same as shell-eye.

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

  • n. a small hole or loop (as in a needle)
  • n. attention to what is seen
  • n. the organ of sight
  • n. an area that is approximately central within some larger region
  • v. look at
  • n. good discernment (either visually or as if visually)


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

Middle English, from Old English ēge, ēage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old English ēaġe ("eye"), from Proto-Germanic *augô (“eye”) (compare Scots ee, West Frisian each, Dutch oog, German Auge, Swedish öga), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃okʷ-, *h₃ekʷ- (“eye; to see”) (compare Latin oculus, Lithuanian akìs, Old Church Slavonic око (oko), Albanian sy, Ancient Greek ὤψ (ōps, "eye, face"), Armenian ակն (akn), Avestan  (aši, "eyes"), Sanskrit अक्षि (ákṣi), Tocharian A ak). Related to ogle.


  • If 'and-éges' be accepted, the sentence will read: _No hero ... dared look upon her, eye to eye_.

    Beowulf An Anglo-Saxon Epic Poem

  • I looked round, and the baboon caught my eye, which told him plainly that he'd soon catch what was not at all _my eye_; and he proved that he actually thought so, for he at once put the bread-and-butter back into the boy's hands!

    Adventures in Many Lands

  • "If a man sell a horse which is lame, no action lyes for that, but _caveat emptor_; and when I sell a horse that has _no_ eye, there no action lies; otherwise where he has a counterfeit, false, and _bright eye_."

    Notes and Queries, Number 26, April 27, 1850

  • _Why beboldest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye_?

    Daily Strength for Daily Needs

  • PARNELL (_ironically, after a pause of scrutiny eye to eye_).

    Angels & Ministers

  • The dog's eye therefore, without any consciousness on his own part, becomes in such a case _an evil eye_: upon me, at least, it fell with as painful an effect as any established eye of that class could do upon the most superstitious Portuguese.

    The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 2

  • This is another passage unnecessarily obscure: the meaning is, that when he _dazzles_, that is, has his eye made weak, _by fixing his eye upon a fairer eye, that_ fairer _eye shall be his heed_, his

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • The biblical adage of «an eye for eye» is a statute of limitation, not a spur to indiscriminate reprisal.

    Kathimerini English Edition : Print Edition : 26/6/09

  • So also that other, _Why seest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, and seest not the beam that is in thy own eye_? [

    The Spirit of St. Francis de Sales

  • Retribution should not be a part of what we're talking about. "avengement, avenging, comeuppance, compensation, counterblow, eye for an eye*, just desserts,



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