Meaning of EYE in English

I. ˈī noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English ēage; akin to Old High German ouga eye, Latin oculus, Greek ōps eye, face, Sanskrit akṣi eye

Date: before 12th century


a. : a specialized light-sensitive sensory structure of animals that in nearly all vertebrates, most arthropods, and some mollusks is the image-forming organ of sight ; especially : the nearly spherical usually paired hollow organ of sight in vertebrates that is filled with a jellylike material, is lined with a photosensitive retina, and is lodged in a bony orbit in the skull

b. : all the visible structures within and surrounding the orbit and including eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows


(1) : the faculty of seeing with eyes

(2) : the faculty of intellectual or aesthetic perception or appreciation

an eye for beauty

(3) : skill or ability dependent upon eyesight

a batter with a good eye

d. : look , glance

cast an eager eye


(1) : an attentive look

kept an eye on his valuables

(2) : attention , notice

caught his eye

(3) : close observation : scrutiny

works under the eye of her boss

in the public eye

f. : point of view , judgment

beauty is in the eye of the beholder

— often used in plural

an offender in the eye s of the law

2. : something having an appearance suggestive of an eye: as

a. : the hole through the head of a needle

b. : a usually circular marking (as on a peacock's tail)

c. : loop ; especially : a loop or catch to receive a hook

d. : an undeveloped bud (as on a potato)

e. : an area like a hole in the center of a tropical cyclone marked by only light winds or complete calm with no precipitation

f. : the center of a flower especially when differently colored or marked ; specifically : the disk of a composite


(1) : a triangular piece of beef cut from between the top and bottom of a round

(2) : the chief muscle of a chop

(3) : a compact mass of muscular tissue usually embedded in fat in a rib or loin cut of meat

h. : a device (as a photoelectric cell) that functions in a manner analogous to human vision

3. : something central : center

the eye of the problem — Norman Mailer

4. : the direction from which the wind is blowing

• eye·less ˈī-ləs adjective

• eye·like -ˌlīk adjective

- an eye for an eye

- my eye

- with an eye to


eye 1a: 1 optic nerve, 2 blind spot, 3 fovea, 4 sclera, 5 choroid, 6 retina, 7 ciliary body, 8 posterior chamber, 9 anterior chamber, 10 cornea, 11 lens, 12 iris, 13 suspensory ligament, 14 conjunctiva, 15 vitreous humor


II. verb

( eyed ; eye·ing or ey·ing )

Date: 15th century

transitive verb



(1) : to fix the eyes on : look at

they eyed him suspiciously

(2) : contemplate , consider

eye ing the choices

b. : to watch or study closely

eye ing changes in the stock market

2. : to furnish with an eye

intransitive verb

obsolete : seem , look

• ey·er ˈī(-ə)r noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.