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

  • intransitive v. To look steadily, intently, and with fixed attention.
  • n. A steady, fixed look.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To stare intently or earnestly.
  • v. (poetic) To stare at.
  • n. A fixed look; a look of eagerness, wonder, or admiration; a continued look of attention.
  • n. The object gazed on.
  • n. In Lacanian psychoanalysis, the relationship of the subject with the desire to look and awareness that one can be viewed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To fix the eyes in a steady and earnest look; to look with eagerness or curiosity, as in admiration, astonishment, or with studious attention.
  • transitive v. To view with attention; to gaze on .
  • n. A fixed look; a look of eagerness, wonder, or admiration; a continued look of attention.
  • n. The object gazed on.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To look steadily or intently; look with eagerness or curiosity, as in admiration, astonishment, or anxiety.
  • Synonyms Gape, etc. See stare.
  • To look at intently or with fixed attention.
  • n. A fixed or intent look, as of eagerness, wonder, or admiration; a continued look of attention.
  • n. The object gazed on; a gazing-stock.
  • n. In heraldry, standing and turning the head so as to look out from the shield: said only of the hart: equivalent to statant affrontė, which is applied to other beasts used as charges.

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

  • n. a long fixed look
  • v. look at with fixed eyes

Etymologies

Middle English gasen, probably of Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Akin to Swedish dial. gasa and Gothic 𐌿𐍃𐌲𐌰𐍃𐌾𐌰𐌽 (usgasjan, "to terrify"). (Wiktionary)

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