Meaning of SIGHT in English


I. ˈsīt noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English gesiht faculty or act of sight, thing seen; akin to Old High German gisiht sight, Old English sēon to see

Date: before 12th century

1. : something that is seen : spectacle


a. : a thing regarded as worth seeing — usually used in plural

the sight s of the city

b. : something ludicrous or disorderly in appearance

you look a sight


a. chiefly dialect : a great number or quantity

b. : a good deal : lot

a far sight better

not by a damn sight


a. : the process, power, or function of seeing ; specifically : the physical sense by which light stimuli received by the eye are interpreted by the brain and constructed into a representation of the position, shape, brightness, and usually color of objects in space

b. : mental or spiritual perception

c. : mental view ; specifically : judgment


a. : the act of looking at or beholding

b. : inspection , perusal

c. : view , glimpse

d. : an observation to determine direction or position (as by a navigator)


a. : a perception of an object by or as if by the eye

never lost sight of the objective

b. : the range of vision

was nowhere in sight

7. : presentation of a note or draft to the maker or draftee : demand


a. : a device that aids the eye in aiming or in finding the direction of an object

b. plural : aspiration

set her sight s on a medical career

- in sight

- on sight

- out of sight

- sight for sore eyes

II. verb

Date: 1602

transitive verb

1. : to get or catch sight of

several whales were sight ed

2. : to look at through or as if through a sight ; especially : to test for straightness

3. : to aim by means of sights


a. : to equip with sights

b. : to adjust the sights of

intransitive verb

1. : to take aim

2. : to look carefully in a particular direction

III. adjective

Date: 1801

1. : based on recognition or comprehension without previous study

sight translation

2. : payable on presentation

a sight draft

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