Meaning of SIGHT in English


■ noun

1》 the faculty or power of seeing.

2》 the action or fact of seeing someone or something.

↘the area or distance within which someone can see or something can be seen.

3》 a thing that one sees or that can be seen.

↘( ~s ) places of interest to tourists and other visitors.

4》 ( a ~ ) informal a person or thing having a ridiculous or unattractive appearance.

5》 (also ~s ) a device on a gun or optical instrument used for assisting in precise aim or observation.

■ verb

1》 manage to see or briefly observe.

2》 take aim by looking through the ~s of a gun.

3》 take a detailed visual measurement with or as with a ~.

↘adjust the ~ of (a gun or optical instrument).


at first ~ when first seen; from an initial impression.

in ~

1》 visible.

2》 close to being achieved or realized.

in (or within ) ~ of

1》 so as to see or be seen from.

2》 within reach of; close to attaining.

in (or within ) one's ~s

1》 visible, especially through the ~s of one's gun.

2》 within the scope of one's ambitions or expectations.

lose ~ of

1》 be no longer able to see.

2》 fail to consider, be aware of, or remember.

on (or at ) ~ as soon as someone or something has been seen.

out of ~

1》 not visible.

2》 (also outa~ ) informal extremely good; excellent.

raise (or lower ) one's ~s become more (or less) ambitious; increase (or lower) one's expectations.

set one's ~s on hope strongly to achieve or reach.

a ~ —— informal indicating considerable extent: she is a ~ cleverer than Sarah.

a ~ for sore eyes informal a person or thing that one is extremely pleased or relieved to see.

a ~ to behold a person or thing that is particularly impressive.


~ed adjective

~er noun

~ing noun


OE (ge)sihth 'something seen', of W. Gmc origin.


On the confusion of ~ and site , see usage at site .

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